Thursday, April 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Obamacare may take us down

By
From page C2 | November 22, 2013 | 4 Comments

Looking at the voting demographic data from the 2012 presidential election, it is clear that Barack Obama easily won the vote of the under-30 group. Indeed, the young were pivotal in his election victory.

Now, the financial soundness of the Obamacare design relies on getting enough young, healthy people to enroll in the exchanges to subsidize the older and indigent populations. This, to me, seems like an unfair burden to place on the youth of our nation, who are already struggling in these times.

Unemployment is currently significantly higher for young people. It has been estimated that the average college graduate has nearly $30,000 of debt from student loans. At the same time, it has been reported that college graduates are making 15 percent less in their first job (inflation-adjusted) than they were in the year 2000.

A recent report stated that 48 percent of graduates are getting jobs that don’t require degrees. There are also daunting statistics about the percentage getting jobs related to their field of study.

I have seen estimates that up to 40 percent plus of new graduates are moving back in with their parents following graduation. I am reminded of the Paul Ryan line about graduates coming home to their childhood bedrooms and staring up at their faded Obama posters.

My obvious question is: Is it right to push more financial burden onto those of us who are least able to handle it? Also, consider that when a graduate of today reaches middle age, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the debt per taxpayer will amount to more than half million dollars.

John McCain was the first person I heard use the expression “mortgaging our children’s future.” I have never since heard a better description of what’s happening in this country.

Preliminary data suggests that the young will adopt a slogan of their own: “Just say no to subsidizing Obamacare.” This disastrous program, the product of egomania and ideology, may take us all down.

Greg Johnson
Davis

Letters to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Chris LambertNovember 22, 2013 - 5:20 am

    It is not "the product of egomania and ideology" at all, but the product of a giant give-away to the insurance industry! Now we have encoded into law the most inefficient healthcare system on the planet. Republicans can point to it gleefully and (rightly) declare it a disaster. "Ideology" alone would have given us single-payer.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • greg johnsonNovember 22, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Not sure I understand your point Chris. Are you saying the "egomaniacs" decided it was better to do it the wrong way than not at all? I don't think the republicans are "gleeful" about the disaster. After all, they did not want it to ever be enacted. The big question is: Is it better to do something just to do it, even if it creates more problems than it fixes? Polls for the past several years show the vast majority of Americans think we're on the wrong track. Is there a good reason to keep pushing down that wrong track? Maybe obstructionism isn't always a bad thing.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Chris LambertNovember 22, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    Maybe we aren't disagreeing. The vast majority of Americans do want single-payer, but this is opposed by powerful vested interests (big pharma and the insurance vampires), so we don't get it. The only solution is to get money out of politics.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ML1999November 23, 2013 - 11:44 am

    Chris, who on earth told you that most Americans want "single payer"? The same folks who pushed the disasterous ACA on us? Haven't you learned that Big Government fails most of the time? This will just be an ongoing train wreck when doctors stop taking new Medicare and Medicaid patients, when ObamaCare cuts doctors fees, young people don't sign up, etc., as we go into the "death spiral". Estimates are that up to 100 Million people will lose their current health care pprograms! There are so many individual categories where there will be new train wrecks, but the Democrats will have new folks beholden to them for their health care, right? Here is just one example. I've read that Visa has a .04 percent fraud rate. Meanwhile, the Medicare fraud rate is estimated at 20-30 percent!! OK, don't take my word for it. Look up "Project Veritas", the same people who uncovered waste, fraud, and lies with ACORN. They now have hours and hours of video tape of ACA "Navigators" telling Americans to lie on their applications. Capitalism may not be perfect, but nothing else the world has tried has come close.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    4-H members get ready for Spring Show

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Will city move forward on public power review?

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
     
    2 pursuits, 2 arrests keep Woodland officers busy

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Obama to Russia: More sanctions are ‘teed up’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
     
    Youth sports in focus on radio program

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Rummage sale will benefit preschool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Concert benefits South Korea exchange

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Conference puts focus on Arab studies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Hotel/conference center info meeting set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Davis honors ‘green’ citizens

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Water rate assistance bill advances

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Program explores STEM careers for girls

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

    Embroiderers plan a hands-on project

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    MOMS Club plans open house

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Cycle de Mayo benefits Center for Families

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

    Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

    Things are turning sour

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    The high cost of employment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    High-five to Union Bank

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Broken sprinklers waste water

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Three more administrators?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Neustadt has experience for the job

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

     
    Davis is fair, thoughtful

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    DHS boys shuffle the deck to beat Cards

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS/Franklin II is a close loss for Devil softballers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    DHS tracksters sweep another DVC meet

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Another DVC blowout for DHS girls soccer

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 2 Comments | Gallery

    Young reinvents his game to help Aggies improve on the diamond

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Baseball roundup: Giants slam Rockies in the 11th

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    UCD roundup: Aggies lose a softball game at Pacific

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Jahn jumps to Sacramento Republic FC

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

     
    Emerson, Da Vinci to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Winters Plein Air Festival begins Friday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
     
    Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

    Congressional art competition open to high school students

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, April 24, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6