Opinion

Obama’s Health Care Propaganda Campaign of 2010

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

You can tell a lot about an administration by looking at its agenda. You can tell more by how it tries to implement that agenda.

The White House is busy working on a $125 million campaign to help garner support for Obama’s new health care law (or, in my words, to help brainwash Americans into getting behind unpopular, destructive legislation.)

According to POLITICO, “The estimated budget is $25 million a year for five years” and the money is being raised “from unions, foundations and corporations.” What can you expect to see?: “Democrats and the White House will hold more than 100 simultaneous events nationwide as the president plunges back into the issue, selling the historic plan all over again as its provisions kick in.”

In other words, welcome to Obama’s health care propaganda campaign of 2010 (not to be confused with his hope and change brainwashing brigade of 2008.)

This administration blatantly ignores the will of the people. Rasmussen revealed on June 28 that a “ . . . national telephone survey finds that 52% of voters favor repeal of the health care bill, while 40% are opposed.” And yet, Obama persists. You can bet that his new campaign will distort and deceive in an effort to win over some of that 52%, rather than accept the fact that the majority of Americans reject his big-government, cost-inefficient, liberty-bashing law.

In the midst of so many Americans trying to make ends meet, our President – loyal servant of the regular Joes – will be embarking upon a $125 million movement to sell something to people who don’t want it. Could that money be put to better use? I’d say so.

Gary Bauer has reported that “ . . . 1.5 million Americans may lose their health coverage this year due to Obamacare regulations. Now we’re learning that new regulations may force tens of millions to lose their employer-provided healthcare plans.”

CBO Director Doug Elmendorf has revealed that “The rising costs of health care will put tremendous pressure on the federal budget during the next few decades and beyond. In CBO’s judgment, the health legislation enacted earlier this year does not substantially diminish that pressure. In fact, CBO estimated that the health legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to health care (which CBO defines as the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax preferences for health care) by nearly $400 billion during the 2010-2019 period.” Economist Keith Hennessey offered additional commentary: “Never before have I seen a CBO Director so bluntly refute the policy claims of a President and his Budget Director.”

President Obama has done what he does best: use catchy selling phrases while trying to depict the opposition as anti-reform. He even took to misrepresenting The Heritage Foundation’s research, to which Heritage President Ed Feulner responded with this: “We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled.” For a reminder of alternative health care solutions proposed by the GOP, please visit here.

If there’s one thing I must caution you against, it is complacency. The Rasmussen poll cited above revealed that “Most voters still favor repeal of the national health care bill, but support for repeal has fallen to its lowest level since the bill passed in March.”

Don’t write health care off as a battle lost. It’s just too important. Senator Orrin Hatch stated during a June 21 blogger call that “We have to fight this terrible law that’s a threat to liberty itself.” He’s right. And this is no time to sit back and feel helpless. If the government can have unprecedented say in matters of our health, do you even want to ponder what’s next?

Bottom line: President Obama wouldn’t be launching this $125 million campaign if he didn’t see the “repeal and replace” movement as a threat. In March, he arrogantly invited candidates planning to run on a “repeal” platform to “ . . . go for it . . . If they want to have that fight, we can have it.”

Join me in supporting those candidates.

Repeal, replace, and on to November!


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