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Get Ready for More Obamacare Propaganda

Well, isn’t that special? Now that the Obamacare website has been “fixed” (more on that travesty in a moment), the Administration of President Barack Obama has announced it will ramp up efforts to build support for its takeover of the American healthcare system. I can hardly wait.

The New York Times reported the Administration is preparing “a daily barrage of more positive messages about the health care law during the next several weeks — some to be delivered by Mr. Obama personally.” And it quoted one anonymous official as promising: “Every day, there will be something coming out of the White House.”

The new propaganda effort kicked off two days ago, with a speech by the President to a White House Youth Summit meeting. Interestingly enough, that was the same day a new poll was released, showing that the President and his signature healthcare measure have become strikingly unpopular with a group that used to be his most fervid supporters: the so-called millennials.

A new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics confirms just how much support Obama and his signature healthcare legislation have lost among young people between the ages of 18 and 29.

The millennials supported Obama in his two Presidential elections by a huge margin. The poll asked, “If you could re-cast your 2012 vote for President today, for whom would you vote?” Seventeen percent of the young Obama voters would not support him.

Boy, how they’ve changed today. To paraphrase an old adage, you can fool some young people all of the time, and all young people some of the time. But you can’t fool all of the young people all of the time.

According to the IOP poll, Obama’s overall job approval rating has plunged 11 percentage points since April and now sits at just 41 percent. A majority of 54 percent now disapprove of his performance. On many specific issues, Obama’s approval is even lower. For example, only 28 percent approve of his handling of the Federal budget deficit. (Frankly, I’m surprised that even one out of four young people think he’s doing a good job here. How bad would it have to get before they said “enough”?)

It should come as no surprise that the issue that has hurt the President the most among young people is Obamacare. It seems that a majority of them have finally figured out that they will be the financial victims in this scheme.

Only 38 percent of the young people surveyed said they approved of the program. A plurality told the pollsters that they expected Obamacare to reduce the quality of their healthcare, while an outright majority said that they expected it to lead to higher costs for them. They got that right!

Here’s a statistic that should scare the bejabbers out of the defenders of Obamacare. Just 22 percent of the young people surveyed said they expected to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. More than twice as many said they were unlikely to do so. If these numbers are confirmed by actual results in the coming year, it will be a huge problem for the redistributionist scheme known as the Affordable Care Act.

One of the key assumptions behind the plan was that a large number of healthy young Americans would pay more in premiums than they cost the system. If this doesn’t happen, there goes Obama’s promise that Obamacare “won’t add a dime” to the Federal deficit. No, it won’t be a dime; it will be tens of billions of dollars.

The millennials surveyed are so disgusted with politics today that a majority of them, some 52 percent, said that they would recall every member of Congress if it were possible to do so.

But it isn’t just the members of the House and Senate who would feel their wrath. Almost as many would like to remove Obama from the White House. Some 47 percent said they would like to recall him, while 46 percent said they would not. Since the margin of error in the poll was 2.1 percent, you can call this one a toss-up.

Those are some pretty grim numbers for Obama supporters. But according to former President Bill Clinton, in a few more months it will all be different. “I believe that if the computer problems are all fixed, and it’s up and running by — and healthy in the next several weeks,” he told Fusion’s Jorje Ramos. “I think that the damage will be minimal.”

Clinton has certainly benefited more than most people from the public’s short memory of misdeeds. So it comes as no surprise that he hopes “within four or five months people will be talking about something entirely differently.”

Of course all of that optimistic outpouring is predicted on one dangerous assumption: that the problems with the Obamacare website are all fixed. That is hardly the case. The best its defenders can say is that it’s “less prone to errors” than it was. But the system still crashed when CNN tried to use it during a live news broadcast.

Head honcho Kathleen Sebelius offered this helpful piece of advice to potential enrollees: Go the site during “off-peak hours.” Yeah, that’s the ticket. Set your alarm clock for 3 o’clock in the morning, and maybe — just maybe — you’ll be able to get through.

But even then, the process won’t be complete. The New York Times offered up a particularly misleading piece of reporting last Sunday, when it wrote that the back-end systems “that are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed.”

Of course they haven’t been fixed; they haven’t been built yet! Remember, it was just more than two weeks ago (on Nov. 19, to be exact) when Henry Chao, the Administration official in charge of overseeing the Healthcare.gov website, told a Congressional committee that “the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be” created.

How can you “fix” something that doesn’t even exist?

Meanwhile, the Administration is gloating that about 100,000 people signed up for health insurance through the online Federal exchange in November. To be sure, that’s a substantial increase from the 27,000 people who, in October, managed to navigate the website and actually select an insurance plan.

But even the number of enrollees is another example of how the Obama Administration plays fast and loose with the truth. They count as “enrolled” anyone who has put a healthcare plan in an online shopping cart.

But to be fully enrolled, a consumer not only has to select a plan, he must also receive confirmation from an insurance company that they’ve been accepted. And then he must make his first premium payment. No one will say how many people have completed the whole process.

Originally, the Administration said it hoped to have 800,000 people fully enrolled in Obamacare by the end of November. That’s just a fraction of the millions of Americans who’ve been notified that their existing health insurance will be canceled at the end of the year. Even so, they are not one-fifth of the way to enrolling 800,000 people.

Yes, the Obamacare story has been one of billions, blunders and baloney. Expect to see a lot more of all three in the coming weeks and months.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

December 6, 2013 by Chip Wood
Personal Liberty News





Robert E December 06, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Joe Tea Party Sousa the real Obamacare Propaganda is all the BS the Tea Baggers are slinging about the ACA hoping it will stick. The Tea party do not dislike this Republican Health care act for what it contains they hate it because it was championed by a black man. Just like their KKK forfathers the Tea Baggers can't stand that there is an African American in the White House. Let me explain something to you and your fellow Baggers White House refers to the color it is painted and nothing to do with the race of it's occupants.
BD December 06, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Some of you baggers have really lost it. Your theory is the socialist president wants the health care system to collapse so the other socialists can get slaughtered. Do you ever wonder why you nuts can't win a national election?
OldTownie December 06, 2013 at 06:26 PM
BD, Stop asking them to think. Those who can do, those who can't join the Tea Party and call themselves "Patriots".
OldTownie December 06, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Wow, my feelings are hurt, pig? IS that really the best you can do? Learn English you mental midget. Borders! Like the bookstore....Oh wait, your type isn't big on reading are you?
Robert E December 07, 2013 at 12:32 PM
News for all you Tea Baggers Mitt Romney intoduced Obama care to Massachusetts in 2006 and it has not collapsed yet. In fact it has been a great success. And why do you use the term socialist like it is a bad thing. It is obvious you have no idea what socialism even is. If you want to know how socialism works just read the New Testament. Jesus was a liberal socialist.
OldTownie December 07, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Robert E, Jesus was not just a liberal socialist....He was a long-haired liberal socialist.
OldTownie December 07, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Jmb, I don't know how to break it to you, but I am a liberal Democrat. Always have been. I am also a devote Christian. Got a problem with that? Good. It is always a good day when your lying and whining. Pig= A person whose son is a convicted felony drug dealer. (Jmb)
OldTownie December 07, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Jmb- So you deicide who is a good Christian and who isn't? Wow, great job. Does it have good health benefits? Progress= The thing that is going to steamroll over you fake Patriots. Welcome to our Country.
Pat Silvia December 07, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Late to the fight, but I am also a liberal Irish-Catholic Democrat. I consider myself a good person and, believe or not, I can quote both the Old and New Testaments. They both teach tolerance and acceptance. Agree totally with Robert E and OldTownie.
Pat Silvia December 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Thank you, kind person! And Jmb, quick question: Who won the last two Presidential elections? Not your guys!
Pat Silvia December 07, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Get a grip!
OldTownie December 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Forget him Pat, he's the typical rightwing deadbeat. He brings down the average IQ of any room he enters. That much is clear.
Naome Lixes December 07, 2013 at 07:14 PM
The problem is that there's no civics test requirement prior to voting. I doubt any of these Tea Party faithful could name any of the "Founding Fathers" without peeking at pocket change. They waive the Constitution around the way the Westboro Baptist wackos brandish The Bible. It's a prop, for them.
OldTownie December 07, 2013 at 09:49 PM
"This is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches. My goal is the same as yours: Get rid of the glitches." A Democrat in 2013? Wrong! Actually, it was Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee, about Medicare Part D in 2006. The Bush senior prescription plan.
OldTownie December 07, 2013 at 09:50 PM
"We, the bishops of the United States -- can you believe it -- in 1919 came out for more affordable, more comprehensive, more universal health care." Bishop Dolan I guess the Catholic church is full of socialists too.
Robert E December 08, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Townie at least Joe warned us in the title that he was posting More Obamacare Propaganda. He could have done as he usally does and and tried to pass it off as fact.

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