From Yahoo News
Generation Opportunity, a Virginia-based group that is part of a coalition of right-leaning organizations with financial ties to billionaire businessmen and political activists Charles and David Koch, will launch a six-figure campaign aimed at convincing young people to “opt-out” of the Obamacare exchanges. Later this month, the group will begin a tour of 20 college campuses, where they plan to set up shop alongside pro-Obamacare activists such as Enroll America that are working to sign people up for the insurance exchanges.
. . . Their message: You don’t have to sign up for Obamacare. And they want students to sign a pledge not get insurance plans set up by the law.
“What we’re trying to communicate is, 'No, you’re actually not required to buy health insurance,'” Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg told Yahoo News in an interview about the campaign. “You might have to pay a fine, but that’s going to be cheaper for you and better for you.”
Under the law, those who do not sign up for health insurance in 2014 will be required to pay $95 or one percent of household income through the Internal Revenue Service. The fine will increase after that. Generation Opportunity activists will try to convince young people that it’s better for them to pay the fine, even if it means lacking coverage.
The group’s college tour will coincide with the release of an online video series featuring an Uncle Sam character that looks more like a terrifying circus clown than the guy who wants you to join the Army.
The Russians, the Chinese and the Japanese used to use Uncle Sam as a creepy warmonger in their propaganda too.
~ Bill B. on Mediaite
..So the Republicans are accusing Obamacare of forcing the government onto a woman's body.
OH THE IRONY, HOW YOU SWAYETH ME.
~ Derek R. on Mediaite
It's shockingly disgusting, incredibly insulting and a bald-faced lie. It's gone too far, even for them.
~ Ethan Rome, Exec. Director with Health Care for America Now
It is hard to tell if this is real or if it’s a ‘Saturday Night Live’ parody about the hypocrisy of extremists who want to be in every exam room in America but don’t want to expand access to quality health care. These are the same extreme Koch-funded political groups who have tried to pass transvaginal ultrasound laws and other laws allowing politicians to interfere with people’s personal medical decisions. These videos are the height of hypocrisy, but more importantly they are irresponsible and dangerous, designed to spread misinformation and discourage people from getting access to high quality, affordable health care.
~ Eric Ferrero, vice president for communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Uncle Sam as your OB/GYN. Yes, the thrust of the “Opt Out” campaign is that Obamacare automatically replaces your medical professionals with patriotic cosplay perverts.
The spot—which is paralleled for men with a version where Uncle Sam is the guy examining your prostate—is like a mashup of a torture porn movie and a lesser Burger King ad.
~ Miles Klee on Daily Dot
#CreepyUncleSam will be a hit Halloween costume on college campuses. Rs as Freddy Krueger in red, white and blue!— Margi Nowak (@MargiNowak) September 20, 2013
#CreepyUncleSam ad will be studied in media courses as an example of blowback, making us all remember forced ultrasounds & "legitimate rape"— Margi Nowak (@MargiNowak) September 20, 2013
These videos trying to convince college kids not to sign up for Obamacare are outrageously rapey http://t.co/qaga0TBwBe— Marin Cogan (@marincogan) September 19, 2013
Have a feeling this creepy Uncle Sam will launch a thousand Twitter avatars: http://t.co/gowKqFF5cH
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) September 19, 2013
GOP is forcing trans vag ultrasounds, forcing drs to lie to women, but their ads depict creepy Uncle Sam as a gynecologist. #GOPhypocrites
— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) September 19, 2013
Obamacare is a creepy Uncle Sam who will rape you, according to new creepy ads targeting young people: http://t.co/MT0UAbcRih
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 19, 2013
MT @irin: Irony of rapey anti-Obamacare ads from folks that brought you forced ultrasounds not lost on prochoicers http://t.co/Ozjq5cHAVT
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) September 19, 2013
Creepy Uncle Sam ad was pretty persuasive against unwanted ultrasounds & meddling in abortion rights; that was the point, right?
— Jen (@Jen_Boyer) September 19, 2013
Creepy Obamacare ad particularly twisted given law will improve coverage of maternity care, obgyn checkups, etc http://t.co/YwPM2SWyRx
— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) September 19, 2013
Terrifying Uncle Sam wants YOU to buy Obamacare! http://t.co/ThIVQi2fyv
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 19, 2013
“@GFJacobs: creepy uncle sam or governor transgavinal probe - ladies, which do you choose? #inners” None of the above?
— Bonnie (@Eradona) September 20, 2013
Watching PoliticsNation video: Koch bros behind creepy Uncle Sam ad - http://t.co/0U66HdQ2P6 via @msnbc - What will stupid do next??
— hotdog7826 (@hotdog7826) September 20, 2013
The creepy Uncle Sam ad reminds me of the creepy Burger King ads.
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) September 19, 2013