Conservative Group Releases Creepy Anti- Obamacare Ads
Generation Opportunity, a conservative organization that's funded by billionaire extremists David and Charles Koch, has launched a series of advertisements to convince young people to "opt out" of Affordable Care Act enrollment.
The first two online ads were published yesterday. One features a young woman going in for a gynecologist appointment. As she settles into the stirrups, ominous music plays and a cartoonish-looking Uncle Sam appears, holding a metal spectrum. The ad reads: "Don't let the government play doctor."
Backlash for the ads was swift yesterday, with several progressive and pro-choice organizations calling them hypocritical. "This ad is brought to you by the same people who force the government between our legs when it comes to abortion access, forced ultra-sounds and birth control," NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said.
If Americans do not enroll in the healthcare program, they will have to pay a penalty. Generation Opportunity is trying to persuade young people that it's cheaper to pay the fine than to enroll. However, new federal subsidies will drastically cut the cost of coverage for Americans earning less than $44,000 per year. Low cost, high-deductible plans will also be available to those under thirty.
Recent data shows that over 6.4 million Americans can receive healthcare coverage under the ACA for $100 or less per month.
Media Resources: NPR, 9/19/2013; Time, 9/19/2013; Wall Street Journal, 9/19/2013
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The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
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This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .