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The Obama administration and Young Invincibles are presenting what might be a more compelling message for young people than what the far right is offering. Instead of videotaping yourself burning a fake Obamacare card that you had to print out and put your name on, make a video about why having health insurance is kind of a good idea and win cash or prizes.
So with open enrollment for Obamacare starting October 1st, Young Invincibles teamed up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to host the Healthy Young America online video contest. This isn’t your mom’s contest (sorry mom, though you can try too). With a prize pool worth up to $30,000, over 100 prizes to be won, and hilarious categories, you do not want to miss out.
There are three submission categories: a video featuing "a short skit that shows a time when a young person would need health insurance"; write and perform a song "about health insurance or even create the next viral parody"; or create an animation that is "an engaging, informative video about critical facts of Obamacare."

This effort, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in prepared remarks announcing the contest, is intended to be an education effort, targeting the 18-34 demographic. Enrollment of younger, healthier people will strengthen the reform and lower premiums across the board.

“Educating young people about new coverage options requires an all-hands-on-deck approach," Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will say Monday during a speech at a Young Invincibles conference in Houston, according to advanced remarks provided to The Huffington Post. "For millions of young people, health insurance hasn’t been an option because it’s always been out of reach—because it costs too much, or isn’t offered through a job."
The deadline for submissions in the contest is Sept. 23, and submissions will be available for public viewing—and voting—at this website hosted by Young Invincibles.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 01:17 PM PDT.

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