It is not the first time the president has shamefully exploited children to hawk some policy initiative, but it is far and away the most pathetic. Personal Liberty Digest reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has announced plans to use a $990,000 government grant to train school students to sell their families on Obamacare.
With apologies to insurance salesmen, selling insurance is not usually high on the list of ambitions parents have for their children. But if ever an insurance policy needed selling, it is this stinker.
A Gallup poll conducted between June 20 and 24 found that nearly half of Americans fear the law will make the quality of care in the U.S. worse. According to a Fox News poll released last Wednesday, 58% of voters favor repealing all or part of the law.
And that’s just the tip of the bad news iceberg for the administration. Under the Affordable Care Act (which was evidently so named for comic relief), health insurance premiums will rise dramatically — in some states by as much as 88%. The claim made at the outset that the law would insure the legions of the uninsured has also turned out to be a howler. The Congressional Budget Office has determined that 7 million currently insured Americans will lose their employer-provided coverage once the law becomes fully enacted.
But onward the law’s diehard supporters press, those in the Golden State now putting lies in the mouths of babes. A spokeswoman for Covered California, the group charged with overseeing the state’s health insurance exchange, has expressed optimism over the creation of a whole army of child advocates for Obamacare.
We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students.
According to The Heartland Institute, teens in LAUSD will be converted into “unpaid propagandizers.” In the words of Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD spokesman, they will form the foundation “of a ‘pilot’ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes. Teens will be educating adults that they already know (e.g., family or friends) and not other adults.”
If the program is deemed a success, look for similar initiatives to follow in other states.
Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show.
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