FORGET FLOWERS: Illinois' Obamacare sales pitch says health care is
the way to her heart.
The same people responsible for selling Obamacare with action
figures via The Onion have released a new study aimed, apparently,
at gold diggers and momma's boys.
"When it comes to pursuing a relationship, a new survey shows that
for many Illinoisans, health insurance is an important factor,"
reads a statement from Get Covered Illinois, the state's Obamacare
managers. "More than two thirds (67 percent) of those surveyed
listed having health coverage as something they value when starting
a relationship, more so than the other person owning the latest
technology, owning a dog, or having a tattoo."
In other words, skip the small talk on the first date and just get
to the details about your deductible and prescription drug coverage.
"(Saying) that people, when they're meeting someone, want to know if
they have health insurance — I really have difficulty believing
that," relationship expert and dating coach Roy Biancalana told
The Get Covered Illinois survey expands the theme, and states women
are on the prowl for someone with insurance.
"Women are significantly more likely to view health insurance as a
major consideration in starting a relationship, with 55 percent
rating it a four or five on a five-point scale, compared to 33
percent for men," the Get Covered statement reads.
Biancalana said that sounds an awful lot like calling some women
health care gold diggers.
"It is demeaning to describe women as if they can't take care of
themselves," Biancalana said. "I think women should be outraged at
those kinds of things."
State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, agrees.
Sandack said he's worried about the state's Obamacare sales pitch.
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"Selling at all costs is unbecoming. Using stereotypes and demeaning
images cheapens us all," Sandack said. "We all deserve better.
"I actually wouldn't want to be in a relationship with someone who
couldn't take care of their own life," Biancalana said. "That kind
of dependent mentality would be the problem. It wouldn't be if you
have insurance or not. It would be that you are looking for me to
give you something."
NO GOLD DIGGERS OR MOMMA'S BOYS:
Dating coach Biancalana says you
should not be co-dependent to a date or the government.
Biancalana said the same dependent mentality that brings up images
of women as gold diggers casts men as grown-up mamma's boys who need
someone to cater to their every need.
And that's where, Biancalana said, you get beyond personal
relationships and into the relationship people have with their
"If we want to be a growing, evolving society, what government should
be doing is supporting those who need, genuinely need, support like
an infant would. But also moving them toward independent living,
self-reliance and living on their own," Biancalana said.
Illinois is trying to get young people to sign up for Obamacare, and
The state needs young people who are relatively healthy to pay for
the older and sicker folks who have already enrolled.
The sales pitches will keep coming through the Obamacare deadline to
sign up at the end of March.
Reach Benjamin Yount at
Ben@IllinoisWatchdog.org and find him
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