Skip to comments.HHS Launches Video Contest to Attract Young Obamacare Subscribers
Posted on 08/20/2013 1:47:22 PM PDT by IbJensen
(Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, center, addresses attendees at a stakeholder meeting to address implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Houston.)
(CNSNews.com) - The Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring a video contest (the weirder and more outlandish the better) to attract an important group of insurance subscribers it describes as "young invicibles."
Under the Affordable Care Act, everyone must purchase health insurance or a pay a fine. But if young people don't sign up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, premiums for everyone else will increase, even though the Obama administration has promised "affordable" insurance for all.
The Healthy Young America video contest announced on Monday offers a $30,000 prize pool, with a maximum award of $6,500. HHS said it is seeking videos -- skits, music or animation -- that describe the circumstances in which young people need health insurance because of an accident.
Young Invincibles, the advocacy group partnering with HHS, says the competition is a good way to "engage" young people by reaching them through their preferred video medium.
Young Invincibles even offered some "idea starters," such as:
-- A video showing all the (obviously improbable) situations in which young people can be hurt a piano falling on your head, an angry eagle soaring into your face, a space alien attack the weirder and more outlandish the better! Go big!
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-- A day in the life of the invincible boy or invincible girl.
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As many as 100 cash prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best videos.
"So whether youve got a talent for short films, writing a great song, or designing an entertaining video infographic, you can be a winner!" HHS said.
Video submissions are being accepted for the next five weeks, until shortly before the new Obamacare exchanges open on Oct 1.
Soon the Health Insurance Marketplace will give uninsured young people the opportunity to enroll in affordable health insurance, and the Healthy Young America video contest will help them tell their stories to other young people, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced on Monday, as she traveled to Texas to promote Obamacare.
HHS said the videos must "convey the need for young people, ages 18-35, to have health insurance, and it must get across the message that young people are not invincible.
Songs must express the necessity for young people to have health insurance in a "fun and memorable way."
And animations must educate young Americans about various features of the Affordable Care Act, emphasizing that millions of young people will be eligible for free or discounted health insurance.
Last week, HHS awarded $67 million to 105 Navigator groups that will help uninsured Americans sign up for coverage on the new exchanges.
But a recent analysis of Obamacare shows that 3.7 million young adults will be at least $500 better off if they avoid the ObamaCare exchanges and simply pay the fine in 2014.
The study from the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think tank, found that about 6 million "young invincibles" -- those aged 18-34 who are single and childless -- will likely be eligible for the exchanges.
But for 3.7 million of these individuals, their out-of-pocket premium costs for a Bronze plan, after their federal subsidies are factored in, will be $500 plus the cost of the individual mandate fine. For just over 3 million, the out-of-pocket costs will be $1,000 plus the fine.
This will give millions of them an incentive to merely pay the fine, which in 2014 is $95 or 1 percent of income, whichever is higher -- and pocket the rest.
"These are people with very modest incomes who are going to be forced to shell out a lot of money for some of the cheapest plans on the exchange," said David Hogberg, a health care policy analyst for the Center. "That's money they need to pay rent, buy groceries, or make a used-car payment."
And Hogberg notes that because of an exchange rule known as "guaranteed issue," young people can sign up for insurance if and when they need it.
"Without the young and healthy joining the exchanges, the insurance pools will be comprised of the older and sicker," said Hogberg. "Insurance prices will rise, more young and healthy will drop exchange coverage, and insurers that can't make a profit will drop out. All the elements of a death spiral."
Like Goebbels, Sebelius heads up the ministry of propaganda whose mission is to recruit children to spread the propaganda. Big prizes and brown shirts to all the "young Invincibles" who can "persuade" their friends and peers to sign up for Obamacare, if they know what's good for them.
In the end, after paying for years and the Central government has no more access to funding the support of the program, like the SS system, youngsters will see they have paid for a boondoggle hatched by the administration of an imbecile. They'll then understand that they, and some feckless parents, were led believe they would have access to a marvelous plan when older and sick, but it is either broke or rescinded and more of the plot to wreck the nation's economy and its citizens' lives.
Only concerned parents and American citizens can put a lid on this insanity!
They are living in Mommy’s basement because they can’t afford rent, but they are going to fork over money they don’t have to save Obozocare.
Stupid ads worked great for the Chevy Volt:
Maybe next we’ll see the Obamacare Dancers.
I believe the pre-existing requirement along with parents needing to carry "children" up to 26 years old were the poison pills to make sure Obama,Reid,Pelosicare fails and single payer will be installed.
Does that mean that if a young person is not insured and finds themselves in the emergency room or diagnosed with some disease they can't afford, they can just say "I think I'll sign up for Obamacare" and be covered?
So then they'll be stuck for life, I'd assume. Are there any provisions for dropping out? And even if there are, just about everyone is going to need some pill or some monitoring/screening for some condition, and they'll become addicted to the coverage.
We are so through as a nation.
Yes, exactly what it means with the “pre-existing” requirement for insurance companies, whether independent or in exchanges.
1. Do you have children under 26 years of age?
2. What are their names?
3. What are their Social Security numbers?
4. Did your insurance pay for their medical needs? Please provide which medical plan that insured them.
5. If over 26, please provide proof of age and how much they earned.
6. Did they file a 1040 for earned income? If not, did they pay the ACA fine?
7. Etc, etc, etc.
The HHS though the enforcement by all the thousands the IRS is hiring WILL put the responsibility on all the "invincibles" on all 1040 returns of ALL taxpayers. Watch.
There are not enough dumb @ss white kids with money to support this. All the rest already get ‘free’ health care through baby mama’s Medicaid. Do they think these “free” thinking morons are gonna end that gravy train? What a joke except for us poor working schlubs... Those “kids” will be fine. We poor working schlubs will go broke. Oops they will finally run out of other people’s money. Double oops, they already have.
Just priming the Ponzi scheme.
Doesn't this same lot decry those old cartoons for their "violence" & adverse impact on our youth? Maybe they should just pay royalties to WB and have Wile E. Coyote sponsor Obamacare.
Isn't that illegal? Just like when ObummerCare himself was raffling off dinners.
Most likely if they're under 26, their parents will wake up to SWAT beating down their door demanding why kiddo wasn't on their insurance.
What it means is that the youngster fools can be signed up and they can lie about whether they need a subsidy, which most will get and you will pay for.
Now why do we think they said they would not verify, but use the honor system? At least for now.
In otherwards, they will sign up as long as youse other guys is gonna pay for most of it.
See, it is a success.
‘Porky’ Pig would be more appropriate.
You, me, ours are beyond screwed. Most of you Obama cheer-leaders don't even know yet. Interestingly, England is starting to pull away from their awful Fedgov medical guarantees. Canada is having second thoughts, also.
I am going sit back and laugh at all the Obamacare supporters when their health care goes into the toilet when trying to find a Doctor who are retiring in droves, not to mention your increased premiums and reduced working hours.
At this late point in my life, if I need major medical, I will just make sure I have enough pain killers and just die...laughing my ass off all the way to the grave!
You want free medical care, it's coming? Obamacare was designed to fail! Then it's about Fedgov centralized tax-payer funding. Once again, taking from the producers to subsidize the non-producers. But you stupid Obama producers, are also going to reap the rewards. You're the ones I hope are affected first. It's coming and you can wait in line with your illness/agony as they do in centralized medicine around the world. To bad, so sad. I won't give one tiny little sh*t since you asked for it. F**k you all who thought this was a good idea.
Sarah Palin "Death panels"? Bet on it. There is already such a treatment necessity panel in place in the depths of Obamacare - forget the name but it's there. I just hope I live long enough to watch some of you socialists die first due to your bleeding-heart stupidity, rather than what works.
Want to wait for the simple tests for months on end? Well, you're going to experience that in the coming years under Obamacare. Again, it is written into the law.
You are beyond stupid and deserved everything that Obama, Reid, Pelosi and ilk promised you. I'm already laughing at you idiots.
Hello? Democrat Underground and Huffington Post? You're all morons and don't have the slightest clue about how the free market works. There were other solutions to the cost of insurance/medicine, but you had to have your socialist medicine produced behind closed doors.
Republicans can be as big as a-holes as Democrats, and I don't trust them either. But the fact that not ONE Republican voted for this monstrosity, says everything about Obamacare.
Can't wait to see you socialists go ballistic when your loved ones start dying from lack of medical attention. I'd say I'm sorry for your loved ones, but my compassion goes only so far.
Yup, IRS SWAT teams. See my post above.
When they realize it, they’ll blame it on Bush.