This weekend the “free-thinking, liberty-loving” anti-Obamacare group, Generation Opportunity, threw a tailgate party at the University of Miami.
Generation Opportunity (GO) were invited to the University of Miami by a campus group called College Republicans, who “supports and promotes Republican Party candidates and ideals.”
The president of Generation Opportunity, Evan Feinberg, spoke to BuzzFeed about the tailgate party, and why they’re trying to educate and empower young people on Obamacare by throwing a college tailgate parties with beer pong, pizza, and models.
Feinberg says that the tailgate party was “one of many grassroots events” that aims to help young American “take control of their healthcare freedoms.”
Does Feinberg think that the booze and partying distracted away from the group’s message? “No not at all. We want many many young Americans to learn that they can opt out of Obamacare.”
Feinberg confirmed they did have models at the party, but that they were there for educational purposes:
“There were models and volunteers. We had people handing out documents educating people on Obamacare. There were people with iPads connecting people to Generation Opportunity, so they could get more information from our website and from our emails. We had people taking surveys so we could learn what people’s beliefs and attitudes toward Obamacare, what their attitudes were, and we had people right then and there pledging to opt out of Obamacare and take a better deal for themselves.”
And what does it mean if someone “pledges to opt out” of Obamacare to Generation Opportunity? And what do these pledges represent?
Feinberg says the pledges are “just people saying that they’re going to opt out, it’s not a legally binding pledge.”
He “thinks” the beer was provided by “some of the local groups” that were participating in the event, but definitely not Generation Opportunity.
But why shouldn’t young people sign up for Obamacare? Feinberg says it’s because they don’t need it:
“Young people don’t need and shouldn’t get the Obamacare insurance where they going to pay three times as much for their insurance to pay for for somebody else’s healthcare. There are other insurance options that haven’t yet been cancelled by the administration. There are things like 364 day plans short-term year long insurance plans that are not regulated under Obamacare that off catastrophic coverage.
“96% of uninsured young people do not have a chronic condition. They need protection against unforeseen costs, not prepaid healthcare where they have to pay way more for healthcare they’re not going to use to pay for somebody else’s.”
Feinsberg explained that Generation Opportunity is not “anti-insurance” and that it just wants young Americans to make responsible decisions.
Overall, Generation Opportunity said the tailgate party “accomplished our goal of being a resource and an advocate for young Americans.”
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