Is Obama so desperate to make Obamacare a success that he’s willing to break the law to do it?
The Obama administration’s plan to target young people with a public-relations campaign on the benefits of enrolling in Obamacare appears to violate the federal Age Discrimination Act.
The Obama administration reportedly plans to roll out “campaign-style demographic targeting” to encourage younger, healthier people to enroll in the Affordable Care Act and effectively balance Obamacare exchanges, which will initially serve primarily older people closer to death and would drive up health care rates under the law. The administration hopes that 18-to-30-year-olds will comprise 2.7 million of the 7 million people expected to sign up for Obamacare exchanges in the first six months of the law’s implementation.
“Administration officials have a slideshow depicting their ability to draw detailed neighborhood-level maps that pinpoint which parts of Los Angeles or Dallas contain large pockets of uninsured young people. Since initially they need to reach only a minority of uninsured youth, the most cost-effective approach is to target these dense clusters,” Slate reported based on information presented at a July briefing the Obama administration provided to compliant journalists.
But this demographic targeting could violate the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which states that no program that receives federal money can discriminate with respect to age.
“…no person in the United States shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” according to the Age Discrimination Act.