[Guest post by Dana]
So says Michelle Obama.
In an attempt to get Rhode Island’s young people to sign up for healthcare, the Obama administration and the state of Rhode Island have teamed up to encourage moms to nag their adult kids for the cause. (Because nothing motivates a young adult like nagging. Just ask any teenager).
Rhode Island is also encouraging moms to sign up at social networking sites as well as dating sites, create a profile, and send messages to their adult kids about healthcare coverage. (Because nothing says healthy relationship more than a mother messaging her adult kid on a dating website).
“Taking care of yourself so your mothers can sleep and have a nice life after all they’ve done for you is not too much to ask in my opinion,” says one mom. (Because good mothering is all about guilt and manipulation, on top of nagging).
What good mothering apparently is not about is having rational adult-to-adult discussions, presenting facts, listening to one another, accepting a difference of opinion, and respecting one another – even when those views result in different choices being made.
And in case moms haven’t yet sufficiently driven their adult kids away, there is even a state exchange Nag Toolkit for extra added help. The website has a no holds barred opinion about using this,
“Learn how to be where your kids are. And how to nag them mercilessly.”
If you are wondering how the administration benefits from this toolkit, perhaps it’s the fact that if moms get frustrated with toolkit difficulties, they are encouraged to send their adult kids’ email addresses to the Obamacare exchange. That way, the exchange can do the nagging for them. Win-win!
Note: This should be filed under the Denigration of Motherhood, or the Desperation of Obamacare