You know something has gone terribly wrong with this president's second term when he actually turns to the economy as a way to reboot his image.
I told you yesterday that Obama will be kicking off a campaign series of speeches tomorrow related to the economy. His own advisor Dan Pfieffer has told us that this is Obama's way to refocus the American people on issues beyond the “phony” scandals plaguing this administration. Those scandals have sent Obama's approval ratings down the tubes, and even his favorability ratings are underwater. That's a big deal for this president. It's amazing that his policies have been able to fail and yet the American people still like him. That is until now ...
A big part of the PR campaign that Obama is engaging in has to do with his own healthcare law. Amazingly, the Obama administration and Obama himself is going to work over-time over the next several months to convince you that ObamaCare is great for your health and for the health of our economy. But if you are reading this article, or you listen to talk radio, you know that this is far from the truth. Here are a few of the latest examples from just the last few days related to the effect ObamaCare is already having or will have in the near future:
Doctors are skeptical and confused about Obamacare, survey finds: Just 11 percent of doctors believe those exchanges will be open for business that day.
Fewer Hospitals May Lead to Higher Prices: The new large system will have more market power that may allow it to demand higher reimbursements from private insurers, ultimately raising costs for consumers.
Obamacare data hub a 'honey pot' for ID thieves, warn critics: "It's the greatest collection of private identification information ever assembled on Americans that will be put into one place," said Rep. Patrick Meehan, who chairs a House cybersecurity subcommittee.
Under Obamacare, Small Business Owners Will Take Big HIT in 2014: Several small business owners told Congress they don’t know how they will stay afloat when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax (HIT) raises insurance premiums by as much as $500 per employee in 2014.
'Crying Shame When Government Actually Causes You to Shrink Your Business,' says Texas businessman Bob Westbrook. He told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Monday that Obamacare has forced him to sell or close his three CiCi's pizza franchises.
CA's Largest Small-Business Insurer Abandons Obamacare Exchange: Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross is spurning California's new insurance market for small businesses, a potential setback in the state's rollout of the federal healthcare law.
Poll: 61% Expect Health Care In U.S. To Get Worse Over Next Two Years Thanks To Obamacare: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 24% of Likely U.S. Voters now expect the U.S. health care system to get better over the next couple of years. Sixty-one percent (61%) think that system will get worse.
So how do you overcome the daily deluge of stories like this? The Obama administration approach appears to have three major components:
When you are trying to sell something in America, you apparently must turn to Hollywood. The Obama administration is no amateur when it comes to capitalizing on our celebrity worship culture. I can't blame them for utilizing this powerful tool, but I can be frustrated by the fact that the American people allow themselves to be manipulated this way. Yesterday there was a celebrity recruitment meeting at the White House. The stars in attendance included Jennifer Hudson, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Kal Penn, and the meeting also included representatives of Oprah Winfrey, Bon Jovi and Alicia Keys. Needless to say, our own celebrity president is turning to his celebrity pals in order to sell a terrible law, which I'm sure these Hollywood stars know little about. Then again, I don't think we are too concerned about the facts here; It's more like propaganda.
The use of Hollywood celebrities is clearly aimed at targeting low-information Americans, many of whom are likely younger. The administration is also recruiting the help of younger-skewing websites like Funny or Die in order to create ObamaCare propaganda. And we can't forget that ObamaCare is being taught to kids out in California schools so that they can go home and convince their parents and others to sign up. In other words, the Obama administration is going to capitalize on the malleable minds of the youth in order to sell and spread ObamaCare.
There's a report in the Politico today, “OFA embraces tea party blueprint for August push.” What this basically means is that the supposedly non-partisan Organizing for Action is going to do its best to create excitement surrounding ObamaCare. They want to recreate the reaction Tea Partiers had to ObamaCare in the summer of 2010, but obviously from the opposite side of the political coin. The only problem with this is that the Tea Party opposition to ObamaCare was genuine and evolved organically. It was based on real, legitimate concerns for the future of our country and our own healthcare. This campaign to sell ObamaCare is based half-truths and is trying to get people to be excited about something which the majority of the country doesn't like and has never liked. Any fervor you see in August will not really be about ObamaCare – It will be left-wing activists using ObamaCare as the vehicle to advance their cause of big government.
With each passing day, the ability to repeal or reform ObamaCare becomes more and more difficult. The Obama administration knows this, and so it is making a concerted effort to speed up that timeline. The more people are rallying around the law, making is “cool,” and making it feel essential, the less successful Republicans will be at achieving their goal of repeal and replace.
What does this mean? It means that the time to act on ObamaCare is rapidly approaching. Senator Mike Lee, one of the rising Republican all-stars, has said that it can be done by simply refusing to fund it. He says, “If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of ObamaCare, we can stop it.” These continuing resolutions are what temporarily keep the government funded. In other words, there is a potential for this to cause a government shutdown. An aide to Mike Lee says that he will offer legislation to fund all other government operations except for ObamaCare, in order to avoid a full government shut down. It could be the ultimate, definitive vote on who stands with the law and who doesn't. Remember that Democrats have recently broken ranks on votes to delay the individual and employer mandates.
Do you think Republicans are foolish to bring our government to the brink of a shutdown in order to repeal ObamaCare, or do you think that it is the only way that they can gain a successful repeal, which will be better for our country in the long-run?