As the battle over the healthcare law grinds on — Republicans no closer to victory than when they forced the government shutdown — a different fight was rising on a recent Saturday from inside Sharkey’s, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech, 260 miles away.
Lured by free beer, gift cards and the chance to win an iPad, 100 students heard a pitch from the young staffers of a group named Generation Opportunity: Obamacare is a bad deal, and you should opt out.
Generation Opportunity is funded in part by the Koch brothers. The thinking is that if enough young people don't sign up for healthcare, Obamacare will fail. And what happens when one of these kids gets into a car wreck, or suffers from a catastrophic illness? Will the Koch brothers be there to pick up the hospital tab? No, of course not. That's the job of everyone who pays for health insurance, apparently. This is maybe the evilest thing the Kochs have done in their long, evil careers as kingmakers.