I think that Dana Milbank’s interepretation of the failure of the Millennials to sign up for healthcare insurance in droves as their abandoning Obama’s White House:
Young voters, after playing a big role in the campaign, became little more than an e-mail list for the White House and Obama’s Organizing for Action group. Then came health-care reform. The millennials, very liberal overall, saw Obama’s plan as too timid; they were disillusioned by his failure to fight for the “public option” of government-run health plans.
This cost Obama the young activists he would need to rally enrollment in Obamacare. Polling by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that, while the generation looks more favorably on big-government solutions than do older generations, the millennials disapprove of Obamacare in the same proportion as the rest of the population.
is wrong. I think they’re like most of the rest of us. It’s easier to support projects that don’t actually make any demands of us. Which reminds me of a joke that was a favorite of a dear old now-departed friend of mine.
It was Farmer Brown’s birthday. The farm animals were talking about what they would do for him in celebration. The cows suggested that they make him breakfast. The chickens asked “What shall we make?” The cows responded “We were thinking of bacon and eggs.” The pig protested “Hey! You’re convinced but I’m committed!”
Commitment is hard, especially when you have other priorities. Among young people who are too old to be covered under their parents’ insurance plans, are saddled with large education debt not dischargeable in bankruptcy, and are drastically underemployed those priorities include food and shelter.