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Today in Liberty: Senate Republicans help pass debt ceiling hike, January Obamacare numbers released, YAL launches PAC

“Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.”John Stuart Mill

— Senate raises the debt ceiling: While fiscal conservatives in the Senate threatened to slow down the process, a handful of Republicans gave Democrats the votes they needed to raise the debt ceiling until March 16, 2015 without any statutory cap. The cloture motion passed by a vote of 67 to 31. The measure passed on a 55 to 43 vote. By the way, as of the close of business yesterday the national debt stood at $17,258,792,658,336.62 ($17.258 trillion).

Young people incentivized to avoid Obamacare

Recent Obamacare enrollment numbers were bad news for the Obama Administration, no matter how desperately the they tried to spin it. While it’s true that there was a surge in selected plans in December, though still far below anticipated numbers, the percentage of 18-to-34 year-olds is far too low for the law to be sustainable.

With a little over two months left in the open enrollment period, the administration is now gearing up its efforts to sell Obamacare to this group of people on whom the success of the law depends.

But would it be advantageous for young people to sign-up for a government-approved Obamacare health insurance plan? A new study from the American Action Forum state the case that most young people would be better off avoiding Obamacare.

“Recently released data from the Department of Health and Human Services on the breakdown of enrollee age shows young adults make up only 24 percent of total enrollment through December 28, 2013—well below the administration’s target level of 39 percent,” wrote Conor Ryan and Chris Holt of the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank.

“The ACA’s perverse economic incentives are well documented. The law makes health insurance more expensive for many young adults, while at the same time making the decision to go without health coverage exponentially less risky than it previously was,” the two analysts noted. “It is impossible to predict how many young adults will ultimately enroll in coverage, but it is clear that many young adult enrollees will be worse off financially if they decide to purchase health insurance.”

GOP to Millennials: Obamacare is a bad product for you

Aaron Schock

Seeking to capitalize on several recent polls showing that Millennials have grown weary of President Barack Obama, Republicans used their weekly address to explain to college-aged Americans why Obamacare is a bad deal for them.

“Right now – even in the middle of finals week – [young people are] being told that to make the future better, they should rush out and get covered under the president’s health care law,” said Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) from the library at Eureka College, Ronald Reagan’s alma mater.

“The state of Illinois is spending a million dollars just this week on television advertising to try and sell the health care law. This is on top of $684 million already being spent nationwide to promote it,” he noted. “But no matter how many actors, and rappers, and rock stars the president rolls out, the best sales pitch in the world can’t sell a bad product,” adding that that Obamacare “is a bad product for young people.”

Millennials still down on Obama and Obamacare

Obama's youth

How is the White House supposed to sell an agenda to young people when they no longer support President Obama and aren’t to fond of Obamacare? That’s a question some White House advisors should be asking themselves after yet another poll confirms that Millennials disapprove of President Obama’s job performance and they’re decisively opposed to Obamacare:

Forty-five percent of 18- to 29-year-old Americans say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job; 46% disapprove of his job performance, according to a year-end USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll. The president’s approval rating with young Americans — which stood at 67% just ahead of his second inauguration less than a year ago — now mirrors the general population, according to the poll.
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In the USA TODAY/Pew poll, just 41% approve of his signature health care policy, while 54% disapprove. Overall, 40% of Americans approve and 55% disapprove of his health care policy, according to the poll.

The USA Today/Pew poll fairly consistent with others from Quinnipiac and ABC News/Washington Post, but, not as devastating as the recent Harvard University survey. But the problems for President Obama don’t end at his approval rating. The opposition to Obamacare found in the USA Today/Pew poll is probably the worst news, though, likely related to his declining numbers.

Obama losing his base over ObamaCare

U.S. Dept. of Labor (CC)

Obama seems to be losing ground with the voting bloc that put him in office in both elections. According to the latest Reason-Rupe Survey, the all-important 25-34 year-old voting bloc is no longer so sure about the direction Obama is taking this country. Of course this poll did cover public opinion about ObamaCare, and the abysmal numbers aren’t limited to just the presidency - Congress is also losing the hearts and minds of the people.

Nearly three out of four Americans, 73 percent, believe members of Congress do not understand health care or how health care laws impact Americans. Just 25 percent think members of Congress understand the consequences of the health care laws they pass.

Seventy percent of Americans oppose making young people pay more for health care to help fund health care for older or less healthy Americans. Six in 10 oppose requiring younger, healthier people to help fund insurance for those with pre-existing conditions. And 57 percent believe lower cost health care plans that provide fewer benefits than required by the Affordable Care Act should be allowed.

Of the 44 percent of respondents who say that they liked the Affordable Care Act when it passed, 41 percent of them like it less now. Of the 52 percent who disliked the law when it was passed, 14 percent like it more now.

Also, the administration and Congress should not expect these numbers to improve, if the latest news on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is accurate. ObamaCare navigators apparently have been encouraging citizens to lie about their income, so that they can benefit from governmental subsidies for policies in the exchanges.

Voters Democrats need aren’t too fond of Obamacare

A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, via the National Journal, found that white women, a crucial block of voters for Democrats, have an increasingly unfavorable of Obamacare (emphasis added):

The Kaiser poll, which has been conducted monthly since Obamacare’s inception, shows the law has never been a big hit with white women. But this group’s opinions took a sharply negative turn in the November results.

According to Kaiser, 40 percent of college-educated white women hold a “very unfavorable” view of the law—10 points higher than a month ago. An additional 10 percent view the law “somewhat unfavorably.” A month ago, those two groups together totaled just 42 percent.

That’s not damning in and of itself, but this is the one slice of the white electorate where Democrats usually perform well. President Obama won 46 percent of the group in 2012, and even that was an underwhelming showing compared with recent Democratic presidential candidates.

And that’s not all. Democrats should be far more worried about white women who do not have a higher education. The numbers are astounding: In the latest Kaiser poll, 50 percent have a “very unfavorable” view of the law—9 points higher than in October. An additional 13 percent view it “somewhat unfavorably.” Indeed, antipathy among blue-collar white women runs even deeper than the most conservative white demographic group, blue-collar white men (59 percent of whom hold an unfavorable view, Kaiser found).

Randy Forbes: An example of why Republicans have problems with Millennials

A poll released this week by Harvard University found that Millennials, particularly those who are college-aged, are disenfranchised by President Barack Obama. This crucial voting bloc disapproves of his job performance and 52% of 18- to 24-year-olds would vote to recall him, if they could. What’s more, 57% of young people disapprove of Obamacare.

Republicans immediately seized on the numbers. “Young Americans put President Obama in office, but don’t think that means they agree with how he is handling his job as President,” said Raffi Williams, Deputy Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee, in an emailed statement. “Obama has increased Millennials insurance premiums and lied to them about keeping their coverage.”

“Young Americans aren’t daft, they know a bad deal when they see one and that is why they are abandoning the President and no amount of spin can change the facts that just like MySpace, Millenials are over Obama,” he added.

Williams is absolutely right.

President Obama’s economic policies, including Obamacare, have really hit young people hard. They are having a difficult time finding jobs or are underemployed, and those who graduate from college are leaving school with an average of $29,400 in student loan debt.

Obama continues to slide with Millennials, young people avoiding Obamacare

Shortly after last week’s brutal Quinnipiac poll was released, we noted that there was a significant decline in President Obama’s support from young people, a generation frequently referred to as “Millennials.”

While this crucial bloc of Americans overwhelmingly backed President Obama in his re-election, their support began to wane in mid-to-late June, around the time the NSA spying controversy became public knowledge.

The Quinnipiac poll isn’t a one-off. The Obamacare disaster has, seemingly, intensified young Americans’ frustration with him, as the details of this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll show, via Rare:

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday shows young adults, the voting bloc President Obama wooed and won by sweeping margins in 2008 and 2012, have withdrawn their support of the president’s pet project.

Why Obamacare is a bad deal for young people

Julie Borowski on Obamacare and young people

The success of Obamacare relies on some 2.7 million young Americans — Millennials or “young invincibles,” as they often called — signing up for health insurance through the state exchanges to help defray the costs of sick and older people.

But in a recent video, Julie Borowski humorously explains why Obamacare is a pretty bad deal for young people, regardless of what President Obama says.

“The Affordable Care tries to bribe young people with free stuff,” notes Borowski, pointing to “free birth control,” as an example. But she explains that these “free” things aren’t free at all, the costs borne by insurance companies to provide these benefits are worked into the cost of health insurance premiums.

“You can’t force insurance companies to pay for more expensive stuff and expect that the insurance companies won’t go up, because that’s what happening,” she says. “You may not directly paying for birth control at the pharmacy counter, but you’re still paying for it, and probably significantly more.”

Poll: Republican voters have embraced libertarian values

Don't Tread on Me

The libertarian philosophy is taking the Republican Party by storm, according to a poll conducted by FreedomWorks, a DC-based grassroots service center with over 6 million members.

With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and many other liberty-minded politicians gaining influence, libertarianism has generated new interest inside the Republican Party, much to the chagrin of the GOP’s political establishment.

Though still not a dominate view inside the party, there is no denying that the narrative inside the Republican Party has significantly changed. Moreover, libertarians have an opportunity upon which they can seize, if they’re willing to work within the system.

“FreedomWorks’ poll shows that 41 percent of Republican voters hold libertarian views. Conventional wisdom is that many voters who are libertarian don’t know the word. But this may well be changing,” noted David Kirby, Kellyanne Conway, and Stephen Spiker in the report on the data.

“FreedomWorks’ poll shows that 42 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the word ‘libertarian,’ and only 10 percent don’t know the word, compared to 27 percent who don’t know nationally,” they added.

And the term “libertarian” may still turn off some Republican voters, the basic message of the philosophy earns significant favor. The poll found that 68% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents agree with the statement that “individuals should be free to do as they like as long as they don’t hurt others, and that the government should keep out of people’s day-to-day lives.”


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