President Obama told former NBA star Charles Barkley that once Obamacare is successful there will be a “whole bunch of people” who won’t use the term anymore, because they don’t want him to get the credit.
Barkley interviewed Obama prior to the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans on Sunday:
…And I tell ya, five years from now, when everyone’s saying, ‘Man, I’m sure glad we got healthcare,’ there’s going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t call it Obamacare anymore because they don’t want me to get the credit.
The only people who won’t be calling it Obamacare are the Democrats, who are hoping that voters will forget that they are the ones responsible for foisting this flawed law upon them.
Obama also told Barkley that young people need to sign up because they are likely to be healthy, and as a result their premiums will be cheap.
What he left out, though, was the fact that these very same “young invincibles” are desperately needed as enrollees by Obamacare to offset the higher costs of treating the older and sicker enrollees.
The administration said last year that close to 40 percent of enrollees would be between the ages of 18 and 34, which served as the basis for premium calculations for 2014. But as of February 1st, just 25 percent of Obamacare enrollees fell into that age group, meaning that there will have to be a tremendous surge from this age group by March 31st to keep the premiums from increasing next year.
It won’t be an easy sell with many “young invincibles” who feel exactly that—invincible. Many of them believe they don’t need it, while others won’t be able to afford even the cheapest Obamacare plan.
Obama’s interview with Barkley was in stark contrast to the interview he did with Bill O”Reilly before the Super Bowl, where he was forced to try to answer some difficult questions. Barkley, on the other hand, served up only softballs, which made it embarrassing and painful to watch.