Remember all those claims about Obamacare? The President and his lemmings promised that just by passing the government takeover of medicine, health care costs will be cut, the budget will come into balance, the lamb will to lie down with the lion, the NY Mets will win the World Series, and seniors will no longer drive in the left lane of the Florida Turnpike going 30 miles an hour with their right blinkers on. Obamacare opponents did not believe those promises, especially the most outrageous of them, the part about Obamacare saving money. Now the President’s progressive allies are also abandoning the tale that Obamacare will save money.
Not that they are going to admit that their original pitch was a lie, they are now going to focus on the fact that this is an imperfect bill and it will be fixed. According to Politico:
Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit, and instead stressing a promise to “improve it.”
The messaging shift was circulated this afternoon on a conference call and PowerPoint presentation organized by FamiliesUSA — one of the central groups in the push for the initial legislation. The call was led by a staffer for the Herndon Alliance, which includes leading labor groups and other health care allies. It was based on polling from three top Democratic pollsters, John Anzalone, Celinda Lake, and Stan Greenberg
Herndon Alliance is funded by some of the biggest progressive lobbyists in the country including The AARP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Health Care for America Now, MoveOn, and La Raza, and many others.
The new pitch warns to stay away from the cost argument, instead assume that Americans are stupid and don’t even know that the bill was passed. It urges Democrats, to concentrate on little bits of information, and tell those human interest stories that were so “popular” during the battle to pass the bill. The even have a “fill in the blanks” example, where you can change your “personal story” depending on who you are talking to:
Two weeks ago the Medicare Trustees issued a report trumpeting savings due to Obamacare. The Trustees Report is issued by major political appointees of the administration, people such as Turbo-Tax Timothy Geithner, Kathleen Sebelius, recess appointment to run Medicare Dr. Donald M. “Lets Kill Grandma” Berwick, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. In other words people with a vested interest in the acceptance of Obamacare.
The chief actuary of Medicare, took the very unusual step of issuing a report politely declaring the trustees didn’t know what they were talking about.