WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Could Obamacare computer glitches alienate "millennials"?

I've talked on a regular basis to pollster John Zogby over the years - both on and off the air - and his frequent theme has been how the "millennial" generation is so culturally distant from today's Republican Party. Of course, a sizable percentage is alienated from politics generally.

But, if late-night comedians & alternative websites increasingly shape the political views of young adults, and if those folks - led by John Stewart - regularly mock Obamacare, and if this Administration can't fix the current problems quickly - could the millennials turn against Obamacare, and even the Dems generally?

Is John Stewart deningrating Obamacare the metaphysical equivalent of Walter Cronkite turning against the Vietnam War -- for an earlier generation?

Veteran observers of America whom I've known for years, not exactly conservatives - and who have nothing but scorn for the Tea Party movement (such as Jurek Martin at The FINANCIAL TIMES) - voice aloud that this could be a turning point. Either the Obama Administration fixes the problem, or some younger people could lose faith in the ability of big government to make things better. If that comes to pass, look for a political earthquake.

But before conservatives become too giddy, remember the Millennial generation has so far been the most supportive of the President's health-care overhaul, according to Gallup.

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Posted at 7:42am on October 24, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Thu, Oct 24, 2013 8:50pm
Obama is the glitch that stole Christmas - and America as well. We at the TEA party are taking our country back!

Fri, Oct 25, 2013 8:49am
I'm sure the Millennials will be far more skeptical of ACA after the pathetic introduction/rollout (you only get one first impression)...but many would probably forgive the "glitches" if they were to see that ACA is better for them. Problem is ACA isn't better for them... they are going to pay much higher rates for insurance coverage they won't need for another 40+ years. Many also think that they can wait until they need coverage and then sign up for ACA...they can't actually do that, but if they believe it to be true, they won't sign up.

The Republicans need to "cash in" on the distrust many Millennials have of Big Government and start embracing Reagan's concept of smaller government. If the Republicans continue to support Big Government (TARP, bailouts, etc.) they are no different than the alternative and the Millennials will continue to support the Democrats on the ticket, regardless of the success/failure of ACA.

Fri, Oct 25, 2013 8:58am
I think more Millennials are paying attention to the NSA-related stories... this is actually something that affects them personally. Millennials are addicted to technology and put every thought, activity, and "like" on the internet.

Again, if the Republicans can do a good job illustrating how Big Government is invading/abusing the privacy of Millennials (and everyone else), the tide of Democrat support will decrease dramatically.

Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:31pm
Millennials are used to computer glitches. As long as things get corrected before the deadline they will take it in stride.... Especially if it saves them money.

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 12:55am
To quote the Princess Bride..."You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"~Inigo Montoya

This failure is much more than a "glitch"...even NPR was mocking the word "glitch" today...the new "word of the day" is "kinks"...

And, as NPR reminded, this was the easy part...the hard part has yet to begin. Big Government should get out of the way and let states run their own healthcare on a state-by-state basis.

Besides, most Millennials get their news from Jon Stewart and Team Coco...both of whom are mocking ObamaSnare (term used to highlight the large numbers of young/healthy who need to be convinced/tricked into ACA) The young/healthy are needed to pay higher rates, with very few claims, in order to cover everyone else in "the system".

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 9:35am
The states running their own program, like Romneycare in Mass is a good idea for the larger states, but Delaware is small. I believe WDEL reported within the past week or two that Gov. Markell put Delaware into the Federal Exchange for that reason. Our folks would get lower rates with a far larger pool of folks paying premiums.

The better answer would be to dump Obamacare and go to a Singlepayer System. I've got to believe that America is smart enough that we can improve on a Singlepayer system that eliminates the problems the Canadians have with their plan.

But you and I know that will never happen in the near future.

So EarlGrey and Mrpizza and others who want to eliminate Obamacare, it might be a good idea for the TEA/GOP to come up with an other plan that would provide healthcare for all, other than going back to only employer based healthcare that most employers aren't doing. For good reason, it makes them non-competitive with their competition around the globe who have Single payer so they as a corporation don't have the expense of providing healthcare.

Sat, Oct 26, 2013 7:33pm
Obamacare is being crushed by it's own success. What is interesting is that these Republicans who are SOOOOO concerned Americans can't sign up for insurance RIGHT NOW, are exactly the same people who did everything possible, even shut down the government to prevent them from signing up for the exact same insurance.

They look pretty stupid, I must say.

"Mr. President. I think it is just horrible, horrible that these Americans can't sign up for insurance today..."

Tue, Oct 29, 2013 12:09pm
Even SNL (no friend of the right) is mocking ACA...

Crushed by it's own success? Right. Admit it...epic failure, especially as we find out how much this group of lying liars have lied about ACA.

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