Skip to comments.Obamacare youth targeting could violate Age Discrimination Act
Posted on 07/29/2013 6:33:59 PM PDT by markomalley
The Obama administrations plan to target young people with a public-relations campaign on the benefits of enrolling in Obamacare appears to violate the federal Age Discrimination Act.
The Obama administration reportedly plans to roll out campaign-style demographic targeting to encourage younger, healthier people to enroll in the Affordable Care Act and effectively balance Obamacare exchanges, which will initially serve primarily older people closer to death and would drive up health care rates under the law. The administration hopes that 18-to-30-year-olds will comprise 2.7 million of the 7 million people expected to sign up for Obamacare exchanges in the first six months of the laws implementation.
Administration officials have a slideshow depicting their ability to draw detailed neighborhood-level maps that pinpoint which parts of Los Angeles or Dallas contain large pockets of uninsured young people. Since initially they need to reach only a minority of uninsured youth, the most cost-effective approach is to target these dense clusters, Slate reported based on information presented at a July briefing the Obama administration provided to compliant journalists.
But this demographic targeting could violate the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which states that no program that receives federal money can discriminate with respect to age.
no person in the United States shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, according to the Age Discrimination Act.
The administrations plan to target younger participants, about half of whom will be eligible for subsidies, would at least initially have the discriminatory effect of not equally promoting subsidized health care to older participants whose participation would not be as favorable for Obamacares convoluted apparatus.
Some observers, however, are skeptical that this line of reasoning will carry legal weight.
Maybe in some general sense theres a violation. But youve already seen the administration directly violate the law. Delaying the employer mandate for a year is the most recent example, American Enterprise Institute health policy scholar Joseph Antos told TheDC. If the administration can violate clearer laws, then violating something that is at best second-hand to this act should be relatively easy.
Antos noted the unlikelihood that an Age Discrimination Act case could be tried successfully in the period before Obamacares implementation.
The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services did not return requests for comment.
Think they care..
What difference does it make?
got me by 10 seconds
Obama violating discrimination law? Probably
Head of DOJ? Eric Holder
Held accountable? Not a snowball’s chance in hell.
Laws mean nothing to Obama.
I guess the laws mean little to the GOP too because they let Obama get away with it.
I dont get it,what are they affraid of?
Laws? The emperor is the law.
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