CEI Today: Obamacare prompts Moveon.org confession, Big Labor payoff, plus happiness surveys, energy drinks and Net Neutrality in court
OBAMACARE & MOVEON.ORG - MYRON EBELL
MoveOn.org yesterday sent me an appeal asking for $5 to help fund a $250,000 social media campaign supporting ObamaCare targeted to reach young adults. Here’s why they need my five bucks:
[R]ight-wing groups have launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to torpedo Obamacare before it even gets started. Their plan: Mislead young people about how the law works so they get scared and don’t enroll. The problem is that it really could work because if younger, healthier people don’t participate, then costs will skyrocket and Obamacare will fail. [Emphasis in original]
BIG LABOR - TREY KOVACS
In what should not be much of a surprise, the Obama administration is looking to quell labor leaders complaints over Obamacare by offering them taxpayer money.
HAPPINESS SURVEYS - BLAKE TAYLOR & IAIN MURRAY
Central planners have latched onto a new approach for pushing paternalistic policies – the happiness index. A new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute takes a closer look at some of the problems with using happiness indices for political purposes.
ATTACK ON ENERGY DRINKS - MICHELLE MINTON
America’s politicians and media love a good public panic. And right now they’re having a field day touting the supposed dangers associated with energy drinks.
It’s true that energy drinks can be dangerous if over-consumed, but that’s true of any product. But campaigns against energy drinks pose a far greater danger: taking away individuals’ right to make their own dietary choices.