Sunday, July 01, 2012

Americans still don't like this dog food

Continuing on a familiar theme, the NY Times reports on a new angle from the White House on the selling of Obamacare: it's an impossible task.
“No one in history has ever been able to communicate successfully about health care, because it is a deeply personal and polarizing issue and people are therefore afraid of the unknown,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “We need the law to be fully in effect before the known overtakes the unknown.”
Really?  With such a great product, surely you can marshal the troops to get the truth out to those dumb Americans.
As [the White House] pondered plans to sell the overhaul, they found few troops to rally. Democratic lawmakers ran away from it and party donors refused to finance advertising to promote it.
Indeed, Mr. Greatest Speaker Ever spared 44 words for Obamacare in his last State of the Union address.  Obamacare is the most poorly-communicated legislation that no Democrat wants to talk about.

Extra - The President's weekly address: "Obamacare? Never heard of it."


Anonymous said...

No, Mr. Greatest Speaker Ever had just 31 words to say:
"One of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free."

That was Ronald Reagan in 1961, speaking out against Medicare. Before we all became slaves.

As it was then, it's over.

Sales Commission Exemption, meet Death Panel. said...

July 2, 2012: The Day Freedom Died.

Eric said...

Hmmm...well we're borrowing 40 cents on the dollar to support our untethered federal government, but I'm sure that won't have any consequences to our freedom down the road. I'm sure China doesn't have any expansionist tendencies.

Speaking of the sixties: back in 1967, Congress estimated we'd be spending $12B a year on Medicare in 1990. They a tad.

And hooray for you, second commentator! Free lunch for all!

Anonymous said...

S&P tried to restore its own shattered reputation by downgrading the U.S. credit rating last fall, and the global response was an immediate flood of money into the "more risky" United States.

That includes China, which holds 3 of those 40 cents and whose economy is slowing faster than ours... so we might still have a little time to buy our Rosetta Stone Mandarin.

The secret is no secret. For almost half the country, that bone-deep concern over debt only begins with the letter (D).

Eric at work said...

Yesterday the debt-to-GDP surpassed the post-WWII record of 102%.

Damn, all this cheap money is great!

Also, if you've read this blog, I've had a decade-long obsession over entitlement spending which is going to bankrupt this country. Q.E.D.