Youth on the Hook for ObamaCare’s Failures

27 03 2012

As the Supreme Court battle over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. ObamaCare – heats up, it’s worth taking a moment to remind that the paltry benefits the program has already begun to dispense will be rapidly overshadowed by its unsustainable costs.

In a new editorial, the Michigan Review appeals to the sensibilities of younger voters, noting that the long-term burden of ObamaCare represents is not worth the up front goodies the legislation seems to provide:

Some aspects of ObamaCare are designed to win the support of the younger generation. Notably, a provision of the law that went into effect in September of 2010 allowed children to remain under their parents’ health care package until they reach the age of 26. This is a boon to college students and recent graduates grappling with loan debt and a tough economy, not to mention the rapidly rising cost of health care coverage (a trend only exacerbated by ObamaCare itself).

In a perverse way, the current generation has earned this substantial perk. After all, we’ll be paying into a decrepit and unsustainable Social Security system until some time after the Sun burns out; we might as well take what we can get in the present. Still, those taking advantage of expanded coverage should recognize the handout for what it is: a cynical attempt to buy support for ObamaCare by frontloading benefits and pushing expenses into the future. The goodies – like “free” healthcare for twentysomethings – come at the cost of increased taxes and intrusive mandates just a few years down the road.

Young voters should not fall into the trap of accepting short-term benefits in exchange for a dramatic expansion of government power and a vastly increased national debt. It’s a bad deal in the long run, and if the cost increases and diminution of choice that has already occurred just two years after the passage of ObamaCare is any indication, it will have all been for naught.

You can read the rest in the latest print edition of the Michigan Review or catch it all online.

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