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Don't Buy the Media Spin: The Shutdown Is Killing ObamaCare

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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I love a defunding fight as much as anyone, but I really want to see ObamaCare get a stake through its heart via widespread civil disobedience. If people refuse to sign up for ObamaCare, the program collapses. Nothing would be more satisfying than to see ObamaCare go the way of Prohibition (without the violence): as something else that pushed the wonderfully unruly American people too far.

Contrary to what the media are telling you, the shutdown is not helping ObamaCare. Again and again, conservatives have been taunted by the media with the cry of, "If you hadn't shut down the government, we'd be covering the ObamaCare launch debacle."

Huh?

The media are covering the ObamaCare launch debacle, and the coverage is the Obama administration's worst nightmare because the shutdown has made it impossible for the White House to come up with a plan that would instruct the media in how to mitigate the damage.

You see, if there was no shutdown, the media coverage of the launch would not be anywhere as negative for the White House as it is now, and here is why…

1. The White House Can't Do Damage Control - Right now the media and the White House are covering the ObamaCare launch debacle in stark, one-dimensional terms: It is an expensive, disappointing, big government  debacle. Both are too overwhelmed to figure out a way to make it look less worse, which we all know would happen if they had the time and resources.

2. The White House Can't Gameplan a Plan B - While the administration obviously bungled the launch, when it comes to cleaning up a mess, this White House can usually move pretty fast. This time the White House can't. They and the media are too bogged down in the shutdown. With some breathing room, the White House might have been able to set up a massive call center staffed with volunteers -- something, anything to get people signed up. But even if they do, there is just no media space available to spread the word.

3. White House Can't Reassure Anyone - If the shutdown wasn't gobbling up White House resources and media space, the administration could fan out its supporters to reassure those interested in signing up for ObamaCare that things are going to get better and that the problems are aggressively being worked on. Instead, all potential enrollees are seeing is error messages and all they are hearing is bad news.

4. White House Can't Spin the Sticker Shock - If anything brings down ObamaCare, it will be sticker shock. For four years, Obama, Democrats, and the media have been lying to the American people about the cost of ObamaCare. On top of adding $2.6 trillion to our deficit, individuals are facing shockingly high premiums and premium increases. This, after being lied to again and again about cheaper premiums. I'm not sure how the White House and its media would spin their way out of this, but heaven knows if they had the time and resources, they would find a way. After all, this is the same media that turned Obama's Libya debacle into a campaign problem for Mitt Romney.

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The bottom line to ObamaCare's success or failure is the number of enrollees paying into the system. In its first year, ObamaCare needs seven million enrollees, three million of them healthy and under age 35.

If those numbers aren't met, the program is a failure, the disapproval ratings increase, and the chances of ObamaCare slowly being killed increase.

ObamaCare is the president's baby, his only significant accomplishment, his only hope for a legacy -- it is burning down before his eyes and he is helpless to do anything to shape the all-important first impression.

Throughout Obama's time in the spotlight, this is the only time I have ever witnessed anything he has bungled receiving only harshly negative coverage. It's a bloodbath because the shutdown is taking up all the space that would normally be used for spin and lies.

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kidlover2
by Bronze Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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The journalist seems slightly off his rocker. The republicans aren't even trying to defund The ACA at this point in time. And he seems a little premature in his victory dance considering nothing has happened and the ACA had only been up and running for a little over a week. And a side note. I have zero respect and question the validity of the entire article for a journalist who calls it Obamacare.
candlegal
by Judy on Oct. 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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I am guessing that you don't give Obama any credibility either because I've heard Obama call it Obama care

Quoting kidlover2:

The journalist seems slightly off his rocker. The republicans aren't even trying to defund The ACA at this point in time. And he seems a little premature in his victory dance considering nothing has happened and the ACA had only been up and running for a little over a week. And a side note. I have zero respect and question the validity of the entire article for a journalist who calls it Obamacare.
Aslen
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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More bias and temper tantrums. Gotta love the tea party!

Nicoleb9
by Bronze Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM
*eyes squeezed shut, fingers in ears*

I can't see or hear any of this!
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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This has been shown to be false, Candle I know you are not capable but you should really have one of your friends check this stuff out before you post it. lol

candlegal
by Judy on Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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Well, since I have never seen you post one thing that is true you might take your own advice

Quoting mikiemom:

This has been shown to be false, Candle I know you are not capable but you should really have one of your friends check this stuff out before you post it. lol

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/11/obamacare-needs-young-people-to-sign-up-and-it-looks-like-theyre-starting/

Obamacare needs young people to sign up. And it looks like they’re starting.

The White House has made abundantly clear that the Affordable Care Act's success depends largely on getting young, healthy people to sign up for health coverage.

This demographic is important -- and also thought to be an especially tough sell. Young adults tend to have lower health-care costs and would be less likely to use their health plan. Paying a monthly premium when you don't expect to get sick doesn't sound like the greatest deal.

That's what makes some early health law data surprising: A few signs are cropping up that, at least initially, young people have been among the more enthusiastic Affordable Care Act shoppers.

Access Health CT, Connecticut's marketplace, said earlier this week that approximately one-third of the people who have so far applied for coverage there are under 35. This would hover around the administration's goal of having 2.7 million of the 7 million estimated new enrollees be between 18 and 35.

Maryland put out new data Friday afternoon on the 25,000 people who have so far created accounts on its marketplace. The biggest demographic? Shoppers between 25 and 29.maryland

All of this comes with the caveat that we are exactly 12 days into a six-month open enrollment period, with a small slice of data about what insurance shoppers will look like. It's quite possible that younger, more Internet-adept shoppers would be over-represented in early data.

Still, early numbers do suggest at least some level of interest from young shoppers does indeed exist as open enrollment gets underway.

candlegal
by Judy on Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM
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It wouldn't be the first time the White House has spun something to get people to believe what they say

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/11/obamacare-needs-young-people-to-sign-up-and-it-looks-like-theyre-starting/

Obamacare needs young people to sign up. And it looks like they’re starting.

The White House has made abundantly clear that the Affordable Care Act's success depends largely on getting young, healthy people to sign up for health coverage.

This demographic is important -- and also thought to be an especially tough sell. Young adults tend to have lower health-care costs and would be less likely to use their health plan. Paying a monthly premium when you don't expect to get sick doesn't sound like the greatest deal.

That's what makes some early health law data surprising: A few signs are cropping up that, at least initially, young people have been among the more enthusiastic Affordable Care Act shoppers.

Access Health CT, Connecticut's marketplace, said earlier this week that approximately one-third of the people who have so far applied for coverage there are under 35. This would hover around the administration's goal of having 2.7 million of the 7 million estimated new enrollees be between 18 and 35.

Maryland put out new data Friday afternoon on the 25,000 people who have so far created accounts on its marketplace. The biggest demographic? Shoppers between 25 and 29.maryland

All of this comes with the caveat that we are exactly 12 days into a six-month open enrollment period, with a small slice of data about what insurance shoppers will look like. It's quite possible that younger, more Internet-adept shoppers would be over-represented in early data.

Still, early numbers do suggest at least some level of interest from young shoppers does indeed exist as open enrollment gets underway.

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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I don't know about ACA, but it certainly seems to be killing the Rep party. With their approval rating perched to fall off into the negatives, I predict ACA will fare better than they do.
candlegal
by Judy on Oct. 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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I see someone is buying into the media spin.   Have you seen Obama's numbers lately?   Pretty pathetic.

Quoting Luvnlogic:

I don't know about ACA, but it certainly seems to be killing the Rep party. With their approval rating perched to fall off into the negatives, I predict ACA will fare better than they do.


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