Originally published September 12 2013
States use deceptive program names to sign people up for Obamacare
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The Obama administration hasn't been honest or straight about the president's "signature" healthcare legislation since the moment he rolled it out, and the deception continues to this day. Now, the administration is using even more deception in order to hook tens of millions of Americans on yet another costly, unaffordable "benefit."
According to The Wall Street Journal, states that are operating their own insurance programs as part of the Affordable Care Act are using marketing and enrollment strategies that avoid any reference - overt or otherwise - to the term "Obamacare," because it has largely garnered a negative connotation and embodies opposition to the plan.
And, as reported by Fox News:
In Minnesota, state employees are promoting their health insurance marketplace as MNsure -- even going to the annual state fair to hand out fans imprinted with pictures of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox... The grassroots effort is part of a larger, $9 million marketing effort that includes billboards and TV ads.
Efforts to defund this monstrosity are waning, unfortunately
Minnesota is one of more than a dozen states, along with the District of Columbia, that is operating its own health insurance pool. State officials there and elsewhere believe the revised marketing efforts will lead to increased enrollment, which begins Oct. 1.
Based on the unpopularity of Obamacare and continued opposition to the plan, it's no wonder that the administration - as well as states led by sympathetic administrations and political allies - want to hide it.
"ObamaCare was designed to provide coverage to Americans who don't have it from their employer or elsewhere. However, the rollout of the program, which begins January 1, has had some setbacks, including the delay of the provision requiring businesses to provide insurance," Fox News reported.
Efforts to defund Obamacare completely are still underway in the House, led by a small but vocal group of GOP lawmakers. Their chances of success are remote, but they are continuing to battle for influence, at least among the electorate, nonetheless.
Here are some examples of the deception:
-- In Vermont, the state will begin running radio and television ads extolling the virtues of its exchange, Vermont Health Connect. The slogan: "Vermonters, By Vermonters."
-- On the other side of the country, Oregon will run ads featuring local musicians singing songs, including "Long Live Oregonians" (though there is nothing about Obamacare - which will still leave tens of millions uninsured - that is said to boost life longevity).
"National polls show the public is wary about ObamaCare, including a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last week that showed 42 percent of Americans disapprove of the law, compared to 37 percent favoring it," Fox News reported.
Lies, deception, dishonesty
Earlier, Forbes also reported that Obamacare was sold to Americans on less-than-honest terms.
"When is the last time you heard anyone say that life insurance won't work unless we mandate its purchase? Or that the life insurance market will fall apart unless we convince a lot of young, healthy people to buy it?" writes John Goodman for the online version of the magazine. "Have you ever heard of a life insurance company spending millions of dollars on rock stars and sports icons and librarians and local civic associations to beg youngsters to buy the product?"
He goes on to point out that Obamacare advocates, like The New York Times' Paul Krugman, say the plan won't work unless government controls all insurance premiums.
But wait. "No one ever said that during the presidential campaign or during the congressional debate. As far as the general public is concerned, this is a brand new idea," writes Goodman.
Deception, lies, dishonesty and misdirection...that is the modus operandi for this administration when it comes to implementing perhaps the most unpopular law ever passed in America.
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