California Students to Be Trained as ObamaCare Promoters

By:  Michael Tennant
07/02/2013
       
California Students to Be Trained as ObamaCare Promoters

California's health-insurance exchange is spending $1 million in part to teach Los Angeles school students to promote ObamaCare at home.

Parents of teenagers in the Los Angeles Area Unified School District (LAUSD) may want to think twice before asking their kids what they learned in school today. Beginning this fall, LAUSD is going to spend nearly $1 million of taxpayers’ money promoting ObamaCare, including turning teens into salespeople for the healthcare law.

In May, Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, announced $37 million in grants to 48 organizations for the purpose of “outreach and education” about ObamaCare — in particular, getting people to sign up for (often subsidized) health insurance through the exchange, which is supposed to be operational in January. Among the grantees was LAUSD, which is receiving $990,000 to plug the healthcare overhaul.

The district’s target population, according to the grant announcement, is “full-time adult education students and [the] district’s part-time and contract employees.” To that end, LAUSD’s outreach plan calls for “meetings with part-time and contract employees” — those most likely to be eligible for subsidized insurance — and “adult-student class presentations.”

LAUSD, however, clearly has greater ambitions. It also plans to mount “outreach calls to families with students in [the] district.” With any luck, caller ID and voice mail will save some parents from these. But what will save them from a living propaganda machine in their own home?

Yes, LAUSD wants to turn kids into ObamaCare promoters. Its outreach plan culminates in “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.” That is, teenagers will spend precious school time learning not how to solve equations or conjugate verbs but how to convince their parents, grandparents, and other relatives to sign up for subsidized health insurance. Then they will be expected to put what they’ve learned into practice. 

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