(NaturalNews) The progressive gurus on Capitol Hill thought they had pulled off a political coup de grace when the president took pen in hand (several, actually) to sign the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010.
And indeed, in terms of advancing the century-old progressive movement, Obamacare did in fact move the country much further down the field than at any time since Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.
But the master planners who brought you Obamacare were too clever by half. For while they vilified the country's private health insurers for doing business the way in which they did, they nonetheless adopted many of those same practices.
And why? Because it is missing this core principle of insurance: The only way private health insurers work is by taking in premiums from those who are not inclined to use the product so that they can then provide payouts and benefits to those who are.
Suddenly, private insurance wasn't looking so bad after all. The problem, however, was that realizing this had come far too late.
The president's signature legislation is unraveling as fast as it is unfolding due to the failure of that one core insurance principle.
'If this was a sunny day, this would be packed'
Obamacare's success depended in large part on vast numbers of young, healthy Americans signing up for private coverage and paying premiums so that older enrollees' many health problems could be paid for. Only, vast numbers of young, healthy folk are not signing up in the Obamacare exchanges, and what's more, there are movements dedicated to keep them from doing so.
As reported by The Weekly Standard, many of these "Obamacare Opt-Out" events are being held on college campuses, like one recently held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame:
The Notre Dame tailgate was the second of Generation Opportunity's events aimed at college students, spreading the word that Obamacare is a lousy deal for the young. Two weekends before, the 501 (c)(4) non-profit hosted a similar party at the University of Miami during the Hurricanes' homecoming game against Virginia Tech. That party drew national media attention after some of the more than 300 attendees tweeted videos and photos of themselves opting in to Generation Opportunity's tailgate. The Notre Dame tailgate - which took place in temperatures vastly colder than Miami . . . and during a snowfall - drew substantially fewer, clocking in at just over 100 attendees. Students who helped organize the event were confident, however, that under warmer circumstances, their tailgate would have rivaled the University of Miami's.
"If this was a sunny day, this would be packed. Everyone would have their Opt-Out stickers on," said Matt Zepeda, a junior.
"The events that we've done at college campuses and college towns across the country have been enormously successful in getting young people interested in learning more about their healthcare options under Obamacare," Generation Opportunity president Evan Feinberg, who was not at the event, told The Weekly Standard.
"We've found that without a doubt, our message that they can take control of their healthcare and choose to 'opt-out' of Obamacare and find a better deal for themselves by buying private insurance outside of Obamacare, that message has really resonated with them because they're really worried about Obamacare," he continued. "They don't want to buy Obamacare."
And why would they? Health insurance is just not something that most young people need. It is an expense they would rather not incur, because, as Obamacare's central planners knew (and counted on), young and healthy people just don't get sick.
Few youngsters will mean higher rates, higher costs for the country
The students' idea? Let the market decide what works best, not Stalinist central government planners.
"I think the free market should work out health care. I think it should be privatized. The government shouldn't get involved," said Stephen Fox, a pre-med student. "Young people don't need it - the majority that is - I mean we're all healthy."
He added: "I also feel like it's being forced on you" (it is), he added. "No one should have to be forced to do it."
To counter slow sign-ups by young people, the Obama regime is set to crank up its propaganda machine to tell them why signing up for something that they don't want and won't use is a great idea.
Because that core insurance principle - selling high to low users so that high users can benefit - must be met in order to prevent Obamacare from becoming the next great federal budget buster.