The Los Angeles Unified School District will promote Obamacare by teaching students to become “messengers” for the controversial government expansion over the U.S. healthcare system.
Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, initially announced a $990,000 state grant for the training instruction in May, reports Fox News. The grant is one of several totaling $37 million.
“Teens trained to be messengers to family members” is how one school district explains the central purposes for the grant, according to the Heartland Institute, a conservative and libertarian think tank.
A grant summary also listed “outreach calls” to families and “adult-student class presentations” as purposes. The outreach calls will involve staffers paid with tax dollars calling students’ homes.
Covered California is on board with the use of children to deliver a prefabricated message pushing family members to enroll in President Obama’s health care law.
“We have confidence that the model L.A. Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” spokeswoman Sarah Soto-Taylor said.
“Teens are part of a ‘pilot’ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes,” said LAUSD spokesman Gayle Pollard-Terry told the Heartland Institute in an email.
According to a June 2013 Kaiser Health tracking poll, only 42 percent of Americans view the Affordable Care Act favorably. Obamacare supporters would like to change this fact, though and they have been pulling out all the stops in recent weeks to peddle the massive regulatory overhaul.
For example, as many as 17,000 libraries across the nation will cooperate in a federal campaign to educate Americans about the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that constitute the healthcare scheme, reports The Washington Times.
The National Football League recently turned down an attempt by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to involve professional football teams and players in the promotion of the massive law, notes CBS Sports.