AFP activists have been showing up on college campuses around the State in the past couple weeks in a new drive to educate students about the cost of the health insurance law. Faced with rising student loan debts and the threat of the health insurance purchasing mandate going into effect in 2014, many students are seeing that the math doesn’t work. The Affordable Care Act stipulates that you must purchase health insurance through the health insurance exchanges by early 2014 or face fine from the IRS; however, the fine amounts to only $95 or 1 percent of your income (whichever is greater). The cost goes up to $695 or 2.5 percent of your income in 2016 with a cap at $2,085. So, a college student pays $300 or more a month for a product they don’t currently purchase (new expense) or pay a fine worth a fraction of the product cost and it’s pretty easy to see where this is going.
Last weekend, AFP Georgia activists and our coalition through the Young Americans For Liberty (YAL) members spent several hours on campus at Armstrong College and State University in Savannah, gathering student petition signatures for AFP’s Exempt Me Too ObamaCare petition. Not surprisingly, 8 out of 10 students signed the petition, citing the unaffordable cost of health insurance. Some of the students showed up the following day to participate in an Exempt Me Too sign waving protest in Downtown Savannah alongside AFP and the Savannah Tea Party. Two days ago, YAL members at University of Georgia in Athens gathered to send the same message to their fellow students, the ObamaCare mandate is a raw deal for Georgia students! A team of students hit the streets for door to door canvassing later in the day.
Georgia students are seeing the threat as the shine comes off of the health insurance pitch and we begin to see it for what it is. It may yet be the impetus for a prosperity movement on college campuses around our State.