ObamaCare and Pajama Boy

by Karin on December 20, 2013 · 1 comment

Previously, I’ve written about a number of efforts by the Obama Administration to get young people to sign up for ObamaCare. The Obama Administration has convened a meeting of celebrities, reached out to the NFL, held wine-and-cheese parties for moms and even produced a “Health Care for the Holidays” website targeting parents to try to convince them to sell ObamaCare to their kids during the holidays. It seems as if the Administration is treating young people more like children and less like adults these days. Take the latest marketing move that’s making headlines: Pajama Boy. The President’s Organizing for Action tweeted out a picture of a young man in a red and green checkered pajama onesie holding hot chocolate with the message, “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance.” bbun8ijcmaa34dl To the Administration, young people are sitting around in onesie pajamas in their parents’ basement just waiting for their parents to explain to them how the world works. Will this get you or your friends to sign up for ObamaCare? Some commentators have complained about men not growing up these days. Do images like these feed this idea? Have we reached a point in society where it is ok for men in their 20s to act more like children and less like adults?  

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fran froelich December 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

What gets me is why are returning adult children always thought of as living in the parents’ basements? What happened to their bedrooms? My younger son, age 21, returned (w/a friend) & both are living in his older brother’s old bedroom, the larger of the two kids’ rooms. My basement’s too small, cluttered, & dingy to sleep anyone for even one nite, let alone long-term. And I’m happy to have them there. As to The Talk, our situation is a bit unusual. I’m the widow of a Viet Nam veteran whose diabetic complications, which ultimately killed them, were service connected (Agent Orange). This entitles our son to VA health coverage till he’s 26. btw, my son, who voted for Obama, thinks Obamacare’s a fraud. Seriously, tho, the Pajama Boy ad is aimed at mothers. Due to both nature & nurture, moms, far more than dads, are more health conscious. And they’re probably more @ ease in discussing this, say, late @ nite over a bedtime cup of hot chocolate. And why is Sonny wearing pjs? Perhaps he may have just shoveled a mountain of snow for mom I& she’s rewarding him. I’m no fan of the ACA, either. Too many restrictions on specialists & teaching hospitals, both of which have benefitted our family. But young people are in a real bind. They’re living with their parents, not only because they can’t find jobs of ANY kind, but those they find often can’t pay enuf to pay their share of rent on a shared apartment. Addiionally, they’re up to their eyeballs in college debt. Has anyone remembered how many fewer grants, scholarships, & work-study programs there are compared to a generation or two ago? And how much more students are forced to borrow? Additionally, more jobs are actually internships, even beyond graduation. Internships, usually, are unpaid. Due to the economy, employers have been able to get away with reclassifiying paid jobs into internships. This means, not only no cash wages but no employer-sponsored health coverage either. Who can afford individual policies? This is not their parents’ social contract. Mitt Romney squandered a golden opportunity to have a “Sister Souljah” moment w/the business community. As a conservative, he, unlike Pres. Obama, could’ve told his fellow business owners that it was in their interests, as well as America’s, to give these younger workers a REAL start in life, by paying liveable wages & offering health insurance. Instead, he pandered, esp. with that “47 percent” remark, & still lost. And this mess is the result. And so are all the legions of young adults being forced into returning to their parents, whether it’s in the basement or bedroom.


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