In case you missed it, here is the ad that has been causing a stir across the internet in the last 24 hours.
The ad, which has been called “outrageously rapey,” created by Generation Opportunity, a “free-thinking, liberty-loving, national organization of young people promoting the best of Being American,” is meant to encourage young people to “opt out” of the Affordable Care Act. The point is to show how “creepy” it is to have Uncle Sam in your exam room. Funny, that's how I feel about having the Texas Legislature in my uterus.
More on the scary government ad from the party that made your uterus it's number 1 priority below the jump Irin Carmon of MSNBC covered the video and did an excellent job of pointing out the disconnect between this ad – which aims to scare young women out of taking advantage of the Affordable care act on the basis of how frightening it is to have the government involved in your healthcare – and the legislative agenda of the GOP which has included a record number of restrictive abortion bills in the last few years.
At the federal level, the GOP leadership is ready to shut the government down in order to take a stand against Obamacare. Governor Perry is doing his part to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Texas by making it harder for those tasked with signing people up for insurance under the ACA in Texas after the healthcare exchange opens on October 1st. The GOP lawmakers holding our country hostage and taking a stand against the ACA are the same ones who voted to enact a nationwide 20 week abortion ban in June. And, as we progressive Texans cannot forget, Governor Perry called the Texas Legislature into two expensive special sessions in order to pass a bill that not only bans abortions after 20 weeks, but also regulates physicians and the facilities where abortions are performed. If that isn't government intrusion into healthcare, I don't know what is.
What's more, this particular ad is a part of a campaign focused on making it hip and cool to refuse the benefits young people could gain from the Affordable Care Act. Over 3 million young people have already been helped by a provision in the ACA that allows children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, and that includes 357,000 young people in Texas.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, over 13 million women of reproductive age are uninsured in the United States, and Texas has one of the highest percentages of uninsured women in this age bracket in the entire country. The Affordable Care Act seeks to provide women with access to vital preventative reproductive healthcare and to keep insurance companies from charging women more just for being women – but Generation Opportunity (and the GOP) don't care about any of these things.
Republicans, and Generation Opportunity, think they can scare young women away from accessing benefits under the Affordable Care Act with “Creepy Uncle Sam” ads. But women across the country have something much more real to be scared of: right-wing politicians have made our bodies their partisan, political battlegrounds, and they show no sign of slowing down.