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Obama Stabbed Millennials in the Back with Healthcare

By: David Unsworth - @LatinAmerUpdate - Jul 14, 2017, 1:49 pm
The millennials who put Obama in office twice will be stuck with outrageously high health insurance premiums under ObamaCare (
The millennials who put Obama in office twice will be stuck with outrageously high health insurance premiums under ObamaCare (Rainbow Dash).

In a recent interview I conducted with Fred Smith, founder and longtime president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, he lamented that libertarians are not winning the necessary battles. The administrative state is expanding. That is a fact. Given a choice between socialism and capitalism, or freedom and tyranny, virtually no society will every choose the onerous yoke of Communism or socialism. That is why it is necessary for the advocates of socialist collectivism and big government bureaucracy to obfuscate their true intentions, shrouding the actual numbers in a web of secrecy, aided and abetted by their fawning acolytes in the media, pop culture, and academia.

Case in point: healthcare. Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment began with the assumption that only a cold-hearted monster would deny that the government should provide healthcare to all of its citizens. Despite the complete lack of Constitutional justification or authorization, Obama, who once taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago, brushed aside such concerns. Where in the Constitution does it suggest that the government can obligate all Americans to purchase healthcare?

Obama and friends also had an essential mission: hide from the American public the true costs of their healthcare. Nowhere is this more necessary than with the fawning millennials who put Obama into office and don’t realize that they are getting royally screwed by ObamaCare. By shifting a disproportionate burden onto them, Obama is making it more difficult for them to find work, forcing their employers to spend more on their healthcare, and lowering their salaries. For those millennials who have to buy via exchanges, the situation is even worse. In Arkansas, for example, premiums for millennials are projected to increase by 100% to 200%.

As the Urban Institute notes, under ObamaCare, “many young people could see their premiums double, whereas premiums for older adults could be cut in half.” Doesn’t exactly sound like a kind way for Obama to reward the millennials: his greatest supporters.

ObamaCare should go down in history as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. Obama tirelessly repeated his mantra that increased choice and competition would lower costs while improving the quality of care. In reality, premiums have skyrocketed under ObamaCare. And the only reason they haven’t skyrocketed to even more astronomical heights? An individual mandate that obligates young and healthy people to buy health insurance at prices that have no justification based on actuarial tables.

If young and healthy people fail to sign up en masse for the wonders of ObamaCare, and pay hefty monthly premiums, then ObamaCare collapses. It is that simple. Rob the millennial generation to pay the Baby Boomer generation. It makes little sense, particularly given that the older generation has had a lifetime to save and invest for retirement and medical care, and the younger generation is increasingly saddled with astronomical college debt that even in inflation-adjusted dollars, has grown exponentially in the last several decades.

It certainly doesn’t seem fair to obligate 18 to 35 year olds who generally have no assets and are often in debt to the tune of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to their colleges and universities, to prop up Obama’s rotten healthcare scheme so that the elderly can pay lower premiums. Many young people would be outraged if they knew how much they were paying for obligatory healthcare.

But wait…Obama and his team of top-notch advisers have thought of this objection…and they have the perfect solution, as smart big government bureaucrats always do: subsidies.

So, in Obama’s mind…yes, he must concede that his landmark legislation is not a good deal for young people, but that’s OK, because the “sticker shock” of these outlandish premiums will be offset by a magical regimen of government subsidies. Young people who earn between 100% and 400% of the poverty line will receive these joyous Christmas presents on a sliding scale. How will the subsidies work? Who will qualify for them? How much will they be? How much paperwork will you have to fill out to get your very own government subsidy?

That information is currently being debated by healthcare policy scholars putting together voluminous policy papers as we speak. But rest assured…the government has everything under control. And after all…who are you to doubt big government?

Alyene Singer at the Heritage Foundation estimates that said subsidies will cost taxpayers $100 billion a year, up until 2023. In typical big government fashion, the grand barrage of mandates and subsidies and taxes and penalties is fashioned so that only the “smartest people in the room”…left-wing professors from MIT or Harvard or Stanford, can really master all the details of the plan. But if you oppose it, you are not just opposed to healthcare…you’re opposing the interests of humanity.

In the end it’s the classic case of government robbing Peter to pay Paul…and in this case “Peter” is the millennials. You know…the demographic group responsible for putting Obama into office, both in 2008 and 2012. As an article in Politico notes, “Mitt Romney would have cruised to the White House had he managed to split the youth vote with Barack Obama.” In 2012, Obama won this demographic by a whopping 37 points, 67% to 30%.

Why would he turn around and stab them in the back? Particularly when today’s youth are often in the stranglehold of massive student loan debt even before they begin to build wealth?

Because he knew he could get away with it.

Millennials are big on style and short on substance. At high schools and college campuses and hipster bars around the country, supporting Barack Obama was seen as the epitome of cool. But ask these young scholars and urban professionals to sum up the provisions of ObamaCare in 60 seconds. The results would likely be disappointing.

Young people want to be seen as progressive and open-minded and tolerant and caring. Precious few are interested in the Constitutional foundation of this country, or in learning about the way that big government socialist collectivists like Barack Obama trample on that foundation.

 

David Unsworth David Unsworth

David Unsworth is a Boston native. He received degrees in History and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and subsequently spent five years working in real estate development in New York City. Currently he resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he is involved in the tourism industry. In his free time he enjoys singing in rock bands, travelling throughout Latin America, and studying Portuguese.

When UN Interventionism Goes Wrong, the Case of Guatemala

By: Carlos Sabino - @Sabino2324 - Jul 14, 2017, 1:15 pm
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EspañolTwo pieces of judicial news that came out July 12 have attracted my attention. The first, shocking no doubt, is that the former President of Brazil Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison for his involvement in the "Lava Jato" corruption case — a multi-billion-dollar scheme that has already cost Dilma Rousseff the presidency. The case demonstrates how to combat corruption in Latin America, and how we can move toward a more transparent method of conducting politics. The second piece of news, which will surely have gone unnoticed by most of my readers, is that the Swiss federal court overturned the life sentence of Guatemala-Switzerland citizen Edwin Sperisen. Sperisen was the Director of the National Police in Guatemala during an operation to retake control of a prison that had fallen into the hands of a group of criminals incarcerated there. During the operation, seven inmates died in the confusion and Sperisen was accused of murder, among other charges. Read More: Latin America Takes All Top-10 Spots on New List of World’s Most Dangerous Cities Read More: UN Points to El Salvador Gangs as Key Link to Cross-Continent Drug Trafficking What does all this have to do with the United Nations? The relationship between the events is actually quite straightforward. It just so happens that the International Commission for the Fight against Impunity in Guatemala is operated through the UN. CICIG played a substantial role in the investigation that led to the trial of Sperisen, the interior minister, the chief of the prisons and other officials deemed to have planned a massacre for the sake of "social cleansing." The accusation was unsustainable: What occurred during the raid of the prison did not coincide with Sperisen or others' desires. Not to mention that the raid was widely publicized, meaning no illicit action could have been carried out so easily. Nevertheless, CICIG made use of testimonies from false witnesses and ultimately prompted a number of accusations against the alleged suspects. CICIG wanted convictions that would make a high impact, communicate significance and, perhaps, improve the image of the commission as a whole. Perhaps there were other motives beyond our understanding. What we do know, however, is that the allegations were unjust, as demonstrated by the events of recent days: Sperisen and others was declared innocent. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); This is not, it should be noted, an isolated incident. CICIG also unjustly accused other people in the well-known Rosenberg case. They were finally released after it was determined no crime had been committed. CICIG commissioners, including Ivan Velásquz, have not hesitated to intervene in local politics, even promoting a change of the constitution despite that being an obvious overreach of their duties. They have gathered information that led to charges against former President Otto Pérez Molina, his Vice President and various Ministers, among other high-ranking officials. That has allowed the commission to regain some of its lost prestige, but a problem still remains: it is not yet known if there will be enough valid evidence to lead to their convictions. Somewhat naively, several Guatemalan personalities promoted the creation of CICIG, thinking they could overcome the serious problems that exist in that nation's judicial system. But the remedy, unfortunately, has been worse than the disease: guided by ideological considerations or the personal interests of those who run it, CICIG has been even more partial than the court system. It intimidates some and leaves in the dark the crimes of others. It only contributes to making the justice system even more unreliable. The solution, therefore, is not to call on the United Nations to intervene in our affairs, but rather to ask citizens to effectively pursue it themselves.

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