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Is Everyone Discussing Obamacare Today?

Is Everyone Discussing Obamacare Today?

Government-issued talking points . . .

The White House released a memo for all Americans on Thursday. They want us to be sure to defend Obamacare from any disparaging family members.

Sarah Ferris of The Hill:

White House: Have you talked to your family about ObamaCare lately?

The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend.

After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay.

“You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s “gotten ahold of some old talking points,” the spokesman recommends.

Then, he suggests that you recite a three-paragraph response citing 14 figures ranging from healthcare inflation to the growth in full-time versus part-time employment.

“With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!” the sample script goes.

“Now would you like more corn?”

This might seem like a joke, but it’s all too real.

There is even a script provided on the HHS website (no teleprompter included):

Tips for Talking to Your Family about the Affordable Care Act this Fourth of July

Situation: Your brother has a great idea for a start-up, but he’s afraid to lose benefits when he leaves his current job.

You say: The Affordable Care Act can help! (Note: The exclamation point denotes enthusiasm about the ACA, not an instruction to scream at your family.)

Today, all Americans can go online to a Health Insurance Marketplace and shop for quality health coverage. If you decide to start your own business, change jobs or you get laid off, that doesn’t mean you have to lose health coverage.

And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many people qualify for tax credits to help pay for their coverage, no matter which state they live in – a benefit solidified by last week’s Supreme Court decision. For 2015 coverage, about 80 percent of Marketplace shoppers on had the option of buying coverage for $100 or less per month after tax credits. Affordable health insurance is within reach for more people than in any time in recent history.

Situation: Before reaching for another burger, your uncle mentions he’s been meaning to get a blood pressure screening he’s been putting off.

You say: Thanks to the ACA, most health plans must now cover recommended preventive services like annual checkups, flu shots and screenings at no out-of-pocket cost.

Writing at Michelle Malkin’s blog, Doug Powers offers a thought about this:

One of the first afflictions the proponents of Obamacare hope to eradicate is situational awareness. Any efforts to make relatives believe that the Declaration of Independence begins “we hold these mandates to be self-evident” will be made more difficult when “Aunt Janine” and “Uncle Ted” launch bottle rockets at their family’s rogue member of the Pajama Boy Army until he goes away.

He also points out this helpful video:

Have a great July 4th!


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Not A Member of Any Organized Political | July 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Don’t say a word. Just show them the higher bills.

FrankNatoli | July 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Obamacare is so great, it cancelled my United Healthcare at the end of 2013, it cancelled my AmeriHealthNJ at end of 2014, I can’t change anything because that’s prohibited by law, my network is a fraction of what it was, my premiums are $951/month for $2,500 annual deductible. What’s not to like?

Both the USDA and the gun ‘disease’ investigating CDC have recommended that no one discuss Obamacare while eating.

Massive digestive problems will occur, problems diagnosed as “European-itis”.

Symptom: You will have the ‘runs’ on the way to the bank.

Eastwood Ravine | July 4, 2015 at 7:59 pm

The Obama administration trying to destroy what should be another opportunity for families and friends to gather to celebrate a national holiday without the intrusion of politics. The Left won’t be satisfied until everything in life and under the sun is political. Truly, they never let an opportunity go to waste.

That’s ah… straight of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution isn’t it… and apparently even more blatant than they were doing before… and not just with OFA, this is HHS…

Alex Bensky | July 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

A hallmark of the totalitarian mind is that nothing, absolutely nothing, is outside the political sphere.

Sadly, Pajama Boy is unavailable to help sell O-care this holiday. Someone set off a firecracker without giving him a trigger warning and he soiled his onesies.

Subotai Bahadur | July 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Actually, it did come up at the BBQ, albeit not in the way envisaged by the regime. The intrusion of the State came up, in a discussion with some teens and young adults in our group. Admittedly provoked by me. King -v- Burwell was explained as the end of the rule of law, and the result did not go over well with them. I just mentioned Obamacare and explained the differences in [from good to actually being non-existent] and the fact the if we had Obamacare it would cost more than 1/2 of our total income. So their well-regarded, Clan Matriarch and Patriarch aunt and uncle were going outlaw [which they appreciated].

I think it went rather well . . . for our side.