Obamacare follies

One of the quickly identified problems with Obamacare healthcare pools is the possibility that too few young, healtyh people will sign up because it costs more and reduces their choices.

Experts fear that the pool will attract mostly high-risk people (e.g. the elderly, persons with pre-existing conditions), thereby increasing pool  costs  to such a high level that the system will collapse. Thus, the so-called death spiral.

And, thus, advertising efforts to get more young, healthy people to sign up. Makes sense.

Very stylish ad to induce young people to enroll in Obamacare.

Tasteful and  stylish ad to induce young people to enroll in Obamacare.

Yet, the administration also is trying, at the same time, to get the most at-risk population to sign up: gay, multi-partner males.(See: And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition.)

Obamacare hits the gay clubs, according to a report in Politico. And the White House Blog also pitches Obamacare to gays. According to the Politico story:

Gays and lesbians represent a significant percentage of the 42,000 people who are uninsured in the District [of Columbia]. Most are African-American and live in four wards where the uninsurance rate averages about 18 percent, far higher than the rest of the city.

The White House has stressed that gays and lesbians are more likely than other groups to be uninsured nationwide. The administration has been working with LGBT groups and on Tuesday released an infographic on ways the Affordable Care Act benefits them, including coverage for same-sex spouses and coverage of preexisting conditions including HIV/AIDS.

“A gay club is like the best way if you’re trying to reach that community,” said Kabuki Lee, one of Santa’s helpers at the Town club the other night. “This is where they come to feel comfortable.”

Seems, though, that the free condoms and lubricants are getting more interest than Obamacare promises.

Just one question: Why are the rest of us required to subsidize the reckless behavior of this demographic?

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    Obamacare, gays and condoms -- that's like hitting a trifecta for an Angry Man! Santa was good to you this year!

    Just a few questions, regarding this well-informed and reasoned column:

    Why would the "elderly" sign up for Obamacare? Isn't there a national health insurance program for the elderly called Medicare?

    What makes gay men "most at-risk?" About one million Americans have HIV. But 26 million have been diagnosed with heart disease and another 13 million have cancer. Heart disease and cancer are, by far, the biggest killers. Is your contention that gay men are "most at-risk" for heart disease and cancer? I don't think so.

    Finally, the condoms. How does passing out condoms "subsidize the reckless behavior of this demographic?": I thought promoting the use of condoms was a public health issue for everyone, not just "this demographic." That's what Dr. Koop taught us about 30 years ago.

    Still, I can see you're having fun, in an angry way. Loyally following the agenda of deep thinkers like Sean and Sarah, you've now moved on to the War on Christmas, lol.

    I hope Christmas wins!

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