Kimmel mocks young voters cheated by their own ignorance of Obamacare

The target is too easy for comedy.

Less than a quarter of Obamacare enrollees are young adults, the Obama administration had a target of 38%. Kimmel asked why the administration had such high hopes for their young adult enrollment goal, “Why would they hope that? I don’t know. They expect young people to buy insurance the same time PlayStation comes out?” He suggested that in order to increase the young adult enrollment, “If you want young people to do something, all you have to do is tell them specifically not to do something, or give ten free lives in Candy Crush to the first subscribers…”

Reacting to the penis pump scandal, Kimmel wondered, “Imagine how countries that we owe money to feel about that? They’re over there blowing it on these penis pumps…”

The existence shows a cultural shift of significance

I’m not sure if anyone besides the gasbags of the Sunday show has explained Obamacare’s generational cost-shifting to the country. Kimmel manages it a couple of sentences.

Is this important? Somewhat, I think. As many of us here have observed, it’s a major shift to see Obama laughed at, and not just Obama, but his supposedly For the Greater Good schemes. The left advances by asserting that it is both intellectually and morally superior to its critics; to laugh at Obama’s incompetence and to attack him for swindling the innocent is to deny both claims.

More and more I’ve come to believe that politics is ultimately not about what people read, or learn, or come to believe after giving it careful thought. Politics is all about what people “know” without quite knowing how they came to know it.

Which is just another way of saying: You can’t reason someone out of a position he wasn’t reasoned into in the first place. The real driver of opinion is not reason — it never has been and never will be — but pre-rational things like What Everyone Else is Saying.

A negative outlook is still justifiable, however. Consider the following Eeyorism.

I’m a fatalist about young voters, though. (It’s a byproduct of eeyorism.) It’s true that ObamaCare’s failures have moved the needle with that group, especially among the post-recession 18-to-24 crowd, but I think there’s a reverse “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” effect among that demographic that keeps them reliably Democratic on election day. If you’re a young adult without a nest egg who’s just starting to pay attention to politics (or not starting to pay attention, as America’s many low-information voters do not), a party pushing a liberal social agenda and promising to fix all manner of social ills by getting Warren Buffett to pay for them must sound super. No surprise that Democrats win the 18-to-29 demographic election in onepresidential election after another after another after another after another. Maybe O-Care’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back on generational wealth transfers from young to old — even George Will thinks the program assumes too much about the “mass irrationality” of youth — but I’ll believe it when I see it.


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