So You Think You're A Filmmaker? Enter Consumers Union's New Video Contest

In an effort to both educate younger people about health care reform and engender the creative spirit in our readers, Consumers Union has announced its So You Think You’re Invincible? video contest.

See, because of recently enacted reforms, millions of people who would have been axed from their parents’ health care plans when they left school can now remain on those policies until age 26.

“This new rule gives some much-needed relief for recent graduates who can’t find a job with health coverage, or those young adults who have lost their insurance due to the difficult job market,” explains Consumers Union in a statement.

Problem is, a lot of younger Americans don’t know or don’t care about the importance of having health insurance, often because they’re convinced nothing bad could ever happen to them.

That’s why Consumers Union is sponsoring the So You Think You’re Invincible? contest. The winning gets $1,000 and their video featured on prescriptionforchange.org.

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The contest challenges participants to show the world why it’s a good idea to have the option of staying on their parents’ coverage longer, especially for those who think they’re bulletproof. Entrants can submit their 3-minute videos and read the official rules at the contest’s website.

The contest submissions end October 23, 2010. Your masterpiece could be the one that will inform the rest of the nation’s youth about this important new health reform benefit. CU will announce the winner on Nov. 1.

To help get the ball rolling, Consumers Union slapped together this informative example:

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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    I miss Dead Like Me. I wish it lasted longer.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      Strongly seconded.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      Yes yes yes. But, if the marked decline in quality between Season 1 and Season 2 is any indication of where it was going, nothing of value was lost.

  2. stint7 says:

    All I need to know about health care reform I learned from Fox News.

    /end sarcasm.

  3. thesadtomato says:

    Wait wait wait: I need a Facebook account to enter the contest?

    • thesadtomato says:

      This from the Consumerist whose exposes on Facebook privacy issues convinced me to quit Facebook!

      • MercuryPDX says:

        Oh sweet irony. :)

      • Conformist138 says:

        HAHA! I totally thought I had the *perfect* person to do this (3-time cancer survivor who works a government job just to keep insurance for chemo treatments- he was gonna get kicked of his parent’s insurance right when he was diagnosed for the third time. Plus, he can ONLY work places with that particular insurance because no one will take him now, he got seriously lucky despite working 40+ hr weeks while undergoing treatment)… BUT, we also killed facebook due to all the terrible issues with it, partially thanks to this very site.

        Way to stay classy, consumerist!

  4. lymer says:

    This is perfect. Because Most of my friends from film school still dont have jobs 4 years after graduating so they would be the best spokespeople for supporting the law that requires Insurance companies to support them until 26.

  5. idx says:

    I don’t see how health insurance would help in that situation.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      CU is on a budget and a CGI meteor was the best they could do.

  6. smartmuffin says:

    So uh, Consumers Union is now openly admitting that they’re a blatant shill for the Obama adminstration? Good to know. You’re paying people to create propaganda to promote a specific piece of legislation. How much more blatant can it possibly get?

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Or perhaps consumer advocates agree that having healthcare is important for everyone.

      Did you think about that?

    • Conformist138 says:

      It promotes a consumer-friendly law. Consumerist and Consumer’s Union WILL advocate specific legislation if it’s good for consumers. Say what you will about the rest, but I would have killed for this a few years ago. Now, however, I’m less than 6 months from my 26th birthday, so the ship has pretty much sailed. I could have managed to afford to fix a broken tooth and get stronger lenses in my glasses, but instead I put those things aside in favor of rent and groceries. My parents may have paid for it themselves if I were still on their insurance, but out of pocket was just too high. I’m actually begging them to help me with either the dentist or glasses as a combo Christmas/Birthday gift.

      • smartmuffin says:

        Labeling this as a “consumer-friendly law” is only telling half of the story. It’s basic economics. Some people gain at the expense of others. This law is consumer-friendly for people in their mid-20s who prefer to still mooch off their parents, yes. But the money is going to HAVE to be made up somehow, presumably through higher premiums for everyone.

        A law that declared it was now legal to shoplift from Wal-Mart would be “consumer-friendly” too, wouldn’t it?

  7. AllanG54 says:

    I think the only reason that Obama pushed this law through was to save on Medicaid expenses. If these young adults are on mommy and daddy’s policy they won’t be applying for HealthFirst (which is what it’s called in New York) or other programs in their states which are all Medicaid funded. I look at it as cutting down the deficit.

    • smartmuffin says:

      The same way your wife “saves” all that money buying stuff she doesn’t need because it’s on sale…

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Well sure. But what a sale!! If you use the example of the post below this one, it’s buying something that saves you $28,000 in medical bills later on.

        The savings is astounding!

    • Willnet says:

      What is this you speak of? I can get free/cheap healthcare?

  8. Cantras says:

    My brother (who was still on our parents’ plan, thank gods) had his appendix blow up. It’s unpredictable, it’s unpreventable, and it will end in surgery — possibly emergency surgery — even if you get to it before it blows. And he never gets sick: even growing up I can’t remember him ever getting sick other than chicken pox. He has none of the things that run in the family other than glasses.

    My brother has an amazing pain tolerance and immune system(which admittedly were contributing factors to it bursting, as he was not in pain/sick enough to go to the hospital until some 24 hours after it burst) and so was out of the hospital fairly quickly and without using a lot of the morphine on tap.

    My brother racked up a $28,000 hospital bill. Twenty. Eight. THOUSAND. If you work full time at federal minimum wage, that’s almost two years — assuming you don’t have to pay rent, or taxes, or grocery bills, or tuition/fees, or interest on the sum. (Your average college student may get paid more, but they probably don’t work 40 hours. My brother has what might be the two best jobs on campus, netting him 70-80 dollars a week for 3-4 hours work, but they are not gigs where he could pick up more hours.)

    If you’re going to make a film, feel free to use that info.

    And remember: If 1 in 800 people end up in the hospital with appendicitis each year(roughly accurate for this demographic range), and you think that sort of stuff only happens to other people… well, there are 799 people each thinking of you as one of the “other people” that sort of stuff happens to.