When I saw the ad above, my first assumptions were 1) This is a spoof, or 2) Some insane Republican group who didn’t pay attention to what happened in the Rush Limbaugh-Sandra Fluke tiff made it as an attack on Obamacare.
No such luck. It’s real. I would have made the website (DoYouGotInsurance.com) that features this and many other such ads the Unethical Website of the Month (it’s also the ungrammatical website of the month), but it has been down for the last 12 hours or so, and hopefully will never get up again, except in Hell. And there is a lot more alarming about these ads than the website they come from.
For example, the organizations who paid to have the ads developed—ProgressNow Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health—plus the Colorado progressives, Democrats and brain-injured who run them, and the millions of entitled, ethically clueless Americans who perceive nothing wrong with the messages they convey all perfectly illustrate the unethical reasoning and motives driving many of the architects and defenders of the Affordable Care Act. Here…let me show you some more, assuming you have head-explosion insurance:
Or, if drinking, skiing, and plowing face first into a tree so you are paralyzed isn’t your thing, how about letting your kid use a machete to carve a pumkin, secure that if he slices his arm off, no problem! Insurance will handle it!
Of course, there’s nothing like reminding millennials that they should keep being drunk, irresponsible and stupid, as long as they are drunk, irresponsible, insured and stupid…
When you get right down to it, though, the best argument for Obamacare is that it pays for promiscuous sexual activity, don’t you think? Of course, when a conservative talk show host makes that connection, he is called a misogynist and it launches a successful, 2012 presidential campaign-long slur about the GOP’s fictional “war on women.” But when two progressive groups promote Obamacare using the same innuendo, it’s cute…and persuasive! Like this…
I’ve been writing the phrase res ipsa loquitur a lot lately, and since I don’t think my excellent high school Latin teacher’s futile efforts are finally kicking in (Sorry, Miss Rounds—it wasn’t you, it was me), it must be because some pretty stunning unethical conduct is occurring that barely needs explication—its “speaks for itself.” These pro Affordable Care Act ads certainly speak volumes. Just for the edification of any readers who don’t see anything wrong with these deplorable ads, however, let me list the reasons they are unethical:
1. The ads portrays young adults as irresponsible, sex, alcohol and party obsessed jerks.
2. The ads also argue that there is nothing wrong with being an irresponsible, sex, alcohol and party obsessed jerk—in fact, it’s fun!
3. The ads also argue that young adults shouldn’t worry about the consequences of being irresponsible, sex, alcohol and party obsessed jerks, because insurance will pay for it…
4. Which means that the rest of us who are not young, irresponsible, sex, alcohol and party obsessed jerks will pay for the consequences of the stupid choices of those who are..
5….and that’s fair, just, and sensible.
6. The ads are the opposite of preventive health policy, which is supposed to be one of the goals of Obamacare. The ads persuade that one of the benefits of insurance is that it permits risky and unhealthy conduct without fear of expense. Go ahead, ski while bombed; let your child wield sharp objects unsupervised. No worries! We’ve got you covered!
7. The ads encourage behavior and attitudes that lead to the over-use of the health care system, and thus burgeoning costs.
8. They also encourage behavior that gets people killed, and no insurance can fix that.
What kind of nation, society and culture sells a new healthcare law by encouraging its young to engage in irresponsible and dangerous conduct, using the argument that the government will pay for it?