What if Americans like Obamacare? That’s the question on the minds of many Republican strategists and operatives, but FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperty aren’t willing to rely on what-ifs and are trying to convince young people that they don’t need healthcare.
FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, a conservative issue group financed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, known for funding conservative causes, are planning separate media and grassroots campaigns aimed at adults in their 20s and 30s – the very people Obama needs to have sign up for healthcare coverage in new online insurance exchanges if his reforms are to succeed.
“We’re trying to make it socially acceptable to skip the exchange,” said Dean Clancy, vice president for public policy at FreedomWorks, which boasts 6 million supporters. The group is designing a symbolic “Obamacare card” that college students can burn during campus protests.
This is purely political. And it’s anti-business.
They spent years and millions of dollars trying to convince Americans that Obamacare was a “government takeover of healthcare” and that healthcare should be left up to the private sector, but now their goal is to convince Americans that they don’t need to sign up for private healthcare.
Conservatism is a mental illness.