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Politics of Obamacare Gives Liberalism a Comeuppance

politics of obamacare“Remain calm.”

So said Nancy Pelosi in response to the Great Democrat Panic of 2013 over the general public’s reaction to the realities of Obamacare.

Democrats are in a tizzy, feigning shock and indignation because the law is doing precisely what it was designed to do – kick people off of their existing insurance plans in order to subsidize the new government insurance scheme, despite Obama’s promises to the contrary. Worse, the same government that managed to put a man on the moon (several times) and can read your emails, text messages and listen in on your phone calls can’t build a website to sell insurance.

About the only thing that could make it worse would be if using the website gave you rickets.

The panic dam officially burst when Bill Clinton gave worried Democrats cover to bail on Obama by saying “the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to these people and let them keep what they got.” Within days thirty-nine House Democrats ignored a White House veto threat and supported a Republican bill to allow insurance companies to continue selling the old policies.

As a famous Chicago pastor might put it, Obamacare’s political chickens are coming home to roost.

Even before the fiasco with the website Americans have been split over Obamacare, with those opposed to it outnumbering those in favor of it in most every poll conducted since the law was passed.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, just a month ago both Obama and Obamacare were at about 45% approval; today they’re both at 39%, the lowest ever. Only 36% of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of health care in general, and 54% disapprove of his overall job performance. The same poll shows 52% of Americans agreeing that he isn’t trustworthy, and 56% say that he is incompetent. Worse yet, both Obama and his namesake law are upside-down among the 18-34 year old crowd that put him in the White House to begin with.

More amazingly, the latest Gallup poll shows a record 55% of Americans do not believe that it’s the federal government’s responsibility to provide everyone with health care – up from just 28% in 2008.

It turns out Joe Biden was right, it really is “a big ___ing deal”.

The problem for Democrats is that these numbers aren’t being driven by clever Republican messaging, but rather by the implementation of Obamacare itself.

So far over five million policies have been cancelled, while just over one-hundred thousand people have managed to get insurance through the new program, (with the vast majority of them actually signing up for Medicaid). But the number of people losing insurance now pales in comparison to the tens of millions more who will lose theirs when the employer mandate kicks in a year from now. Further, even the White House now admits that the “better” Obamacare policies chock full of things people don’t want (such as maternity coverage for men) costs more than their old “sub-standard” policies, (despite Obama’s other promise that the average family would save over $2,500 per year).

Of course the Democrats now running like scalded dogs are the same ones who voted for the law and stood by Obama when he said “If you like your plan, you can keep it”. In fact, many of them were saying the exact same thing, (which will make wonderful commercials in 2014).

The political damage goes deeper than the next election and extends to liberalism itself.

Setting aside the current debate, how many other big-government schemes are voters likely to shrug their shoulders at, or will Democrats in competitive seats embrace anytime soon?

It should be pointed out that part of the political strategy of Obamacare was to have government provide a tangible, personal benefit to voters in hope that they would see how great big government could be. But every cancelled plan, every rate hike, every deductable hike and every lost access to a personal physician is a personal story some potential voter will be sharing with other potential voters between now and next November.

Obamacare is the biggest, most personal opportunity Republicans have ever had to make the case against big government liberalism. It feeds perfectly into a strategy of focusing on issues with a liberty oriented message. To remind voters that elections matter, and that the people who bungled both the creation and implementation of this law are the same people who want to run other aspects of our lives, rather than leave us free to do it ourselves.

Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz recently told CNN, “You’re darn right that our candidates are going to run on the advantage that Obamacare will be going into the 2014 election. The choice will be very clear.”

The challenge for Republicans is to make sure that it is.

Obamacare Promises vs Reality

obamacare promises vs realityLike some cheesy infomercial that tries to convince you of how great its product is, the Obama administration continues to tell us about the wonders of Obamacare.  But a critical difference between Obamacare and the “as seen on TV” product is that the sales number and website for the latter always works, (even if the product doesn’t).

That’s the first insult of the government’s healthcare site: it can’t competently sell you what you’re being forced to buy.

So, how did we get here? Because Obama and other Democrats made political promises that were necessary in order for the bill to have any chance of becoming law. Promises that turned out to be, shall we say, slightly less reliable than the standard infomercial.

Let’s review:

Promise: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”. Reality: you can’t keep your insurance plan if it is cancelled because the government tells your insurance company that it doesn’t comply with new regulations, or if your employer stops providing it because those regulations make the costs go up. In fact if you like your job you may not be able to keep it either – especially if your employer needs to drop enough employees to avoid higher costs; or you may lose hours on the job (and thus income) so as not to be deemed a full-time employee.

Promise: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. Reality: not if he quits because of the costs and complications of the law, or if your “new” insurance plan doesn’t include your doctor in it’s network of approved providers.

Promise: Obamacare’s would not cover abortion. This was such a huge debate that there were several dozen pro-life Democrats who refused to support the bill until changes were made to guarantee abortion would not be covered. Reality: it does, because HHS regulations require that insurance plans cover prescriptions for abortion inducing medications – a regulation that even applies to religious organizations.

Promise: Congress will have to abide by it too. The bill required that members of Congress would have to live under the same rules that they were passing for the rest of us. Reality: Obama granted Congress a waiver, which he doesn’t have the power to do, (but what’s that between friends?). It really does make you wonder why we need to get so worked up over this business of passing laws if they don’t actually mean anything.

Promise: It will lower costs. Reality: most people are seeing increases in monthly premiums, even after government subsidies. And any plans that are actually cheaper come by way of narrowing the networks of hospitals and doctors you can use, or by raising your out-of-pocket expenses.

Promise: It will be easy! Per Obama, “It’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans, side-by-side, the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak – or the same way you shop for a TV on Amazon”. Reality: not so much. Three years and over half a billion tax dollars later, the government serves up a website that no one can use if they need to buy the insurance that the law says they must have.

Many Republicans have been worried that if Americans become accustomed to Obamacare, we will never get rid of it. A reasonable fear, when it comes to the political consequences of government programs, and precisely what Democrats hoped when they got bold enough to pass it despite never having the support of a majority of the American people. But the reality seems to be that Obamacare will be a political hobgoblin that will haunt Democrats for years to come.

This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill government program. It covers one-sixth of the US economy, and an area that is extremely personal to every American. That means lots of political exposure for Democrats – and lots of opportunities for Republicans.

It’s an ironclad rule of politics that things behind the scenes are much worse than they are presented to the public. Applied to Obamacare, this leaves many Democrats more nervous than they let on. But despite its flaws, Republicans in Congress will never help “fix it”. As they say in NASCAR, Democrats will have to “run what they’ve brought to the track”.

In the end, Obamacare may be a “bridge too far” for big government liberalism. It’s a failure that could ONLY come from government, and it puts a bright spotlight on the limitations of big government for our increasing number of “low information” voters to see.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, “First you win the argument, then you win the vote”. During the next few months conservatives should focus on the realities of Obamacare; to build and control the narrative while it’s still being written. This will provide all the argument we need to “win the vote” on this and many other issues in the future.

Undermining faith in big government will be a bonus.

Defund and Repeal Obamcare Now!

repeal obamacareFellow conservative,

Do you think Congress should be exempt from Obamacare?

Do you think they should be able to keep their current insurance and not have to live under the massive health care law they passed without the country’s support?

That’s exactly what a ruling from the Obama administration will let them do.

When the law was passed, an amendment was added specifically requiring that Congress would have to live under the law and get their insurance from these new “exchanges”.  At the time, adding that amendment was the only way they could get the votes to pass it.

Now they don’t want to live under it.

Many members of Congress quietly lobbied Obama to give them a waiver from having to comply with the law.  They said it would lead to a “brain drain” of congressmen and staffers if they he didn’t!

Even the labor unions – led by the AFL-CIO – who campaigned FOR Obamacare are now asking for exemptions and waivers.

Let your members of Congress know that you don’t support ANY changes or waivers from this law – unless it’s a “waiver” that involves repealing or de-funding the whole mess!

Click here and join the campaign right now.

More Intrusion in Our Private Lives

Are you ready for your doctor to ask questions about your sex life and share the answers with the government?

That’s what Obamacare pushes doctors to do.

According to one recent report: “The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.”

Public opinion CONTINUES to build AGAINST it.

In the latest USA Today poll, Opposition to Obamacare has reached an all-time high of 53%.  Another poll shows only half the country even realizes that they will have to comply with the insurance mandate – and that’s less than two weeks before it goes into effect.

Opposition will increase as more people understand what is happening.  And that’s why we need to ramp up the pressure on Congress.

Are you ready to speak out?  Click here to join the campaign.

You can click here and send a blast fax to ANY or ALL members of Congress at one time.  Or you can click here for individual contact information.

More Job Losses and Higher Prices

More companies are being forced to cut employees below 30 hours per week in order to avoid the law’s insurance mandates, or even dropping health insurance benefits all together – a process that will only increase once the law goes into full-effect.

Many existing plans are getting cancelled, because they don’t meet Obamacare’s “minimum requirements”…which means Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep it” promise was a lie.

And the premiums for new plans that do qualify are sky-rocketing.

Have you had enough?  Let Congress hear from you.

Tell Them to DE-FUND and REPEAL Obamacare

The upcoming fights over the budget and the debt limit offer an opportunity for Congress to either DE-FUND Obamacare or DELAY it until after the next elections – when we can try to get rid of it again.

The bottom line is that we need to keep up the pressure to make changes NOW!

Say “NO” to Obamacare waivers for Congress and unions.

Say “NO” to giving the government your private medical records.

And say “YES” to ending Obamacare.

Click here to join the campaign right now!  And don’t forget, you can click here and send a blast fax to ANY or ALL members of Congress at one time.  Or you can click here for their individual contact information.

Let them hear from you today!

Drew McKissick