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Really, Koch Brothers? Agenda To Take Down Obamacare Hits A New Low (VIDEO)

Generation Opportunity, a youth advocacy group that is heavily bankrolled by the notorious Koch Brothers (Charles and David), launched an ad campaign Thursday meant to "to highlight alternatives to expensive and creepy Obamacare exchanges."

But what is creepy about the #OptOut campaign are the two new ads that feature a weird-looking Uncle Sam performing a pap smear and rectal exam. No joke.

Take a look:


President of Generation Opportunity Evan Feinberg offers up this explanation for the odd, tasteless and unpatriotic ad 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."

Saying that the group is "relying on creativity and grassroots activism to reach our fellow Millennials", the reportedly $750,000 campaign is trying to dissuade young Americans from taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Young people are a particularly important demographic for conservatives to turn against the ACA because the state health insurance exchanges created by the law need to enroll some 2.7 million generally healthy Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 to keep premiums affordable, according to White House estimates. The health exchanges are slated to open enrollment October 1.  

The #OptOut campaign is hoping to convince young Americans who will not be eligible for the law's age extension on parental health insurance coverage, or those whose parents don't have private health insurance, that "opting out of Obamacare is the cheapest, smartest decision,” as stated by Feinberg. But the fee for opting out of the health exchanges may not be cheaper for many young Americans after federal subsidies, which Republicans are also trying to block, are applied. Up to 70 percent of young Americans with individual health plans would qualify for the federal subsidies, which amount to an average of $2,700 in tax credits. And the notion that young people don't think they need health insurance is a falsehood, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund.

"Contrary to commonly held beliefs, young adults do want affordable health coverage," said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund said last month in the wake of the study's findings.

Individuals and families can calculate their approximate federal health exchange subsidy via this calculator, made available by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Image: Generation Opportunity


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