Far-Right Rhetorical Co-Opt, Item 2
When the ACA provision that allowed the uninsured to receive insurance from government coordinated exchanges finally was on the verge of going into effect, the conservative think-tank FreedomWorks initiated a civil-disobedience campaign, of sorts. They tried to enlist masses of young people to reject the inexpensive and often government-subsidized insurance now available to them. But the Far Right needed a symbol that would make that rejection of the ACA not just visceral but newsworthy.
So Matt Kibbe, the CEO of FreedomWorks, came up with the idea that FreedomWorks should provide young people with “Obamacare cards” that they could then publicly burn in a public demonstration of their rejection of the new law.
But the gimmick never quite took off. Beyond the fact that it was incredibly contrived, it didn’t actually make any sense.
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