White House Damage Control: Obamacare Repeal Will 'Cost too Much'
Over the last several weeks the Obama White House has been executing a media blitz meant to sell Obamacare to the nation—again. As the final maneuver in that plan, the President is releasing several reports on how Obamacare will affect the states.
His message: repealing Obamacare will just be too expensive.
"These state reports mark the culmination of a multi-week effort by the White House and supporters of reform to bring a renewed refocus on each of these benefits and what the cost of repealing them would mean," a White House official told reporters at The Hill.
Obamacare supporters crafted these reports to foreground how repealing Obamacare will affect families in the various states.
However, it is a bit hard to understand how repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost more than the millions that is being inefficiently spent to enroll single applicants. Early in November, for instance, it was discovered that the five Obamacare enrollees for the District of Columbia cost the taxpayers a hefty $26.7 million each. Other states have seen similar waste, one source estimating that the cost for all enrollees nationwide had been $14,000 each.
Then there are the millions doled out to left-wing groups to push Obamacare as "Navigators," specialists intended to herd citizens into the Obamacare exchanges. One such group was given $1.1 million to gather and publicize Obamacare "success stories." There are hundreds of such groups across the country acting, essentially, as government-funded Obamacare salesmen.
The Hill notes that Obamacare is still looked upon negatively by most Americans and that Obama's latest sales job for his healthcare law was overshadowed by recent major news stories. Miley Cyrus, Nelson Mandela's death, and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson have all seen far more air play than the salesman-in-chief's latest Obamacare pitch.
However, one more important thing has overshadowed Obama's efforts to sell Obamacare—his own "you can keep your doctor" lie.
The President spent four years telling the country that we could keep our healthcare policies and doctors "if we like them." This, however, turned out to be untrue. Americans have sniffed out Obama's attempt to purposefully mislead America, and this has fueled much of the negative press that has plagued his healthcare "reform."
On top of that, millions of Americans have already lost their healthcare policies. And as ABC's Cokie Roberts noted on December 15, millions more will lose their healthcare in 2014 when the President's healthcare law will force hundreds of thousands of medium and large businesses to dump their healthcare plans to satisfy the law's requirements.