Do You Got Insurance?

Thank you, Twitter, for drawing my attention to this horrendous monstrosity of a marketing campaign.  Taxpayers in Colorado are paying for DoYouGotInsurance.com.  Let’s leave aside for a moment the fact that “Do you got insurance?” isn’t even remotely grammatically correct and focus instead on some of the brilliant ads that taxpayers are funding.  There’s this one, which would seem to imply that the main benefit of Obamacare is being able to sleep around as much as you want without the fear of pregnancy.

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There’s at least one other on that same theme.  Or maybe that’s not it.  Maybe the main benefit is that it frees up more money for shots.  No, I don’t mean vaccines.  I mean liquor shots.

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Or maybe it’s about affording “a good bottle of wine,” “lots of red wine,” or a “keg.”

These adds so clearly demonstrate the key problem with Obamacare.  The whole program flies in the face of basic notions of personal responsibility.  What if people really do behave in this way?  What if people use this extra cash to drink more or have more sexual partners because they have insurance to cover the consequences?  How is that a good thing?  And why are taxpayers in Colorado paying for an ad campaign that promotes this sort of behavior that pretty much everyone on the planet agrees is destructive?  These are precisely the sorts of things that parents all over the country lose sleep over, the very lifestyles they don’t want for their children.

This is way beyond health care.  This is actually encouraging UNhealthy lifestyle choices by promising that Obamacare will pick up the pieces.  And all on the dime of the taxpayers, whether they like it or not.

Julie Tisdale / City and County Policy Analyst

Julie Tisdale is City and County Policy Analyst at the John Locke Foundation. Before coming to the Locke Foundation as the research publications coordinator, she worked at the...