Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 23, 2014
Once upon a time, President Barack Obama told young Americans that he would give them the “hope and change” they so desperately needed. After all, the economy collapsed literally weeks before the 2008 presidential election, and Millennials at the time weren’t that thrilled by the prospect of a septuagenarian war vet in the White House to begin with.
As time has passed, however, these voters have become more and more disenchanted with him as he continues to renege on his promises and cause more financial burdens for them.
According to a Fox News poll released Thursday, just 47 percent of registered voters under the age of 35 approve of the president’s job performance. Even more telling, however, is the fact that just as many young voters think the president’s done a bad job as the leader of the free world, a number that would have been thought to be nearly impossible just two years ago.
So why are Obama’s arguably most ardent supporters turning their backs to him? For starters, they’re not big fans of his signature legislative act – the Affordable Care Act – and the president’s handling of healthcare policy in general. The Fox News study found that 55 percent of voters under 35 disapprove of his job performance on the issue, a huge blow in the face to the president as he desperately needs young Americans to buy into the healthcare exchanges to keep the program financially solvent.
Obama and his colleagues in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services are aware that Millennials are skeptical about Obamacare, and as such have gone to practically every length imaginable to woo them into enrolling in the program. The White House has had celebrities and athletes tout the benefits of the exchanges, held Youth Summits to promote the program, and even encouraged families to “talk about Obamacare” during their holiday dinners.
What the White House is clearly forgetting, however, is that young Americans have read into the fact that the Affordable Care Act does more harm than good for them. A recent study by the American Action Forum, for example, found that six in seven Millennials are better off paying the penalty to opt-out of Obamacare than signing up for the least expensive plan available to them. Plus, the concept of allowing adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans regardless of their situation essentially backfired on the administration – as it took away a large percentage of those who would have otherwise enrolled in the exchanges.
The poll also found that while 64 percent of young voters still like Obama as a person, almost as many dislike his policies. Not only is it a good thing that young voters are starting to be able to separate Obama the man from Obama the president, which is likely a key reason in why they’ve turned on him as a whole.
It’s about time that Millennials finally saw the light when it comes to President Obama and his costly liberal policies. Unfortunately, it may just be too little, too late to save them from what’s coming next.