Deepak Bhargava, a former ACORN lobbyist has been hired by President Obama to run a contest promoting Obamacare through videos. Bhargava was the manager in charge of advancing ACORN's legislative agenda until he resigned in 2002. He faces the daunting task of convincing huge numbers of young Americans to purchase health insurance, they will probably never use, instead of paying the $95 dollar tax.
Bhargava is currently the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Change, a left leaning partisan group, which is funded by George Soros. They are especially interested in immigration reform and support open borders. He and President Obama have had ties together for many years.
His job will be to use the videos submitted for the contest into an advertising campaign for Obamacare. The ACA (Affordable Care Act) depends on large numbers of healthy young people to offset the cost of care for older, more infirm adults.
The hastily written and passed bill has a loophole big enough to drive a truck through. The bill forbids insurance companies from refusing to sell a policy covering preexisting conditions. That allows a young couple the flexibility to pay the ninety five dollar tax for not purchasing insurance, but should either suffer a catastrophic accident or contract a devastating illness, they can then buy a policy.
With the economy lagging and jobs in short supply, most young people will be willing to go that route. The lone exception would be low skilled workers, who would be eligible for full subsidies. It is estimated that 17 million young people could be eligible for free or low cost healthcare.
The HHS has authorized 100 prizes of $30,000 in three categories. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, a very vocal critic of ACORN, has warned the Obama Administration that they could be facing heat over his choice of Bhargava and his ties to ACORN.
There have been several rollbacks in the original ACA and delays are many. Several politicians have suggested that the entire bill be delayed until a new, workable plan can be developed and passed.