As 2014 and key provisions of ObamaCare draw ever closer, the administration is trying to recruit everyone from Hollywood stars to the NFL to sell its “benefits” to a weary public. Even schoolchildren in California.
Yes, even schoolchildren. The deeply-in-debt state of California is sending nearly a million dollars to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to be used to
brainwash indoctrinate train teens to “educate” their parents on the value of the unpopular program, key provisions of which will go into effect in six months.
The $990,000 is just part of the $37 million that Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, is spending (“investing”, in Obama lingo) to sell ObamaCare to Californians. LAUSD lists as a key objective of the project: “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”
“Messengers”? I won’t draw comparisons to children being “trained” as “messengers” at various “youth camps” throughout history – that would be over the top – but I will ask an obvious question:
If ObamaCare is all that Nancy Pelosi told us it would be once we “found out what was in it,” why is it necessary to train teenagers to become “messengers” to sell it to their parents?
As reported by Human Events, LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for taxpayer-covered healthcare.
“Teens are part of a ‘pilot’ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes,” said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD spokesman, in an email. “Teens will be educating adults that they already know (e.g., family or friends) and not other adults.”
If the project is successful, says LAUSD, Los Angeles families can expect more use of students to push government-preferred messaging. (Wait – maybe I will draw that comparison.)
Call me skeptical, but my kids were “trained” by public school systems for years to “educate” my wife and I on everything from civil rights to the environment to the evils of capitalism. Is this really a road we want to travel as a country?
Somethings tells me our Founders would respond with a resounding “NO!”
Trumpeted on Covered California’s homepage as I type this sentence: there are only “185 days, 17 hours and 43 minutes” until “new coverage begins for millions of Californians.”
It sounds like those “messengers” better get to work.