I wonder if he’ll mention the huge increases in premiums and deductibles, and that millions have lost their plans and doctors, with tens of millions scheduled to have the same happen to them?
(The Hill) President Obama will hold an event Tuesday touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, as the White House looks to reset public perception of the embattled healthcare law following two months of repairs to the glitchy ObamaCare website.
The president’s event at 2:30 p.m. (so, around 3:15 or so) will look to refocus attention on areas where the law has succeeded, while selling the public on signing up for coverage despite headlines dominated by the technical glitches and messaging errors that have defined the launch of the president’s signature policy initiative.
According to a White House official, the president will look to “focus attention back on the core principles of reform that have been lost in the attention on the website, and invoke the successes that are already flowing from the law and what it means for the millions of Americans who are already directly benefiting.”
Shouldn’t be a very long speech, then. Those few “successes” could easily have been included without all the things that make this law so utterly terrible. The rest of the speech will surely be spent demagoguing and deriding those who oppose the law. Which is the majority of Americans.
On Monday, Politico reported the president’s event would launch a three-week drive designed to focus attention on the law’s benefits ahead of the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline. Individuals hoping to purchase coverage by Jan. 1 must complete their application for health coverage by that date.
According to the report, the White House will tout a different benefit of the law each day until the enrollment deadline, with Democratic lawmakers, campaign committees, and advocacy organizations looking to echo that sales pitch.
The president will highlight lower-cost preventive care on Wednesday, protections for those with preexisting conditions on Thursday, and the slowed growth of health care costs on Friday.
Oh, good, the Neverending Campaign will be in full force. I wonder if he will mention how the contraception rule surely violates the 1st Amendment? Or perhaps how zero people have signed up in Oregon? How so many are being moved onto Medicaid rather than regular insurance? How Team Obama’s mid-line prognostication is that 90 million will ultimately lose their “plan they like”? How the health care networks are small and do not include the best medical facilities? Perhaps he can explain how no security was built into the Exchange, putting people’s personal information at risk?
*I’m not sure who created the graphic.