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Creepy Uncle Sam doesn't like Obamacare

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: September 19, 2013

Well, I know who will be in my nightmares tonight — Creepy Uncle Sam.

Generation Opportunity, a “free-thinking, liberty-loving, national organization,” is encouraging folks to “opt out” of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and “Don’t let government play doctor.”

This article explains that Generation Opportunity “will begin a tour of 20 college campuses, where they plan to set up shop alongside pro-Obamacare activists.”

Generation Opportunity, a Virginia-based group that is part of a coalition of right-leaning organizations with financial ties to billionaire businessmen and political activists Charles and David Koch, will launch a six-figure campaign aimed at convincing young people to “opt-out” of the Obamacare exchanges. Later this month, the group will begin a tour of 20 college campuses, where they plan to set up shop alongside pro-Obamacare activists such as Enroll America that are working to sign people up for the insurance exchanges.

Generation Opportunity intends to host events at college football tailgate parties festivals, where “brand ambassadors” (read: hot young people) will pass out beer koozies that read “opt out,” pizza and literature about the health care law. Some events may have impromptu dance parties with DJ’s, complete with games of cornhole and competitions for prizes, organizers said.

No word on whether any Oklahoma campuses will be included in that tour. I will certainly post here when that announcement is made.

The organzation also runs OptOut.org, where young people are encouraged to sign a petition that states they will not sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace.

Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, issued the following statement regarding the organization’s campaign:

“Obamacare supporters are using millions of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to brainwash my generation into signing up for an expensive, unfair, and, quite frankly, creepy pyramid scheme. We want young people to know they have options — including the ability to opt out of Obamacare by paying a relatively small penalty. We don’t have celebrities and taxpayer dollars like Enroll America so we are relying on creativity and grassroots activism to reach our fellow Millennials. Opting out of Obamacare is the cheapest, smartest decision for my generation.”

The organization has a male version of the video, with a comforting glove snap at the end:

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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