Confronting Pelosi’s Obamacare Propaganda ‘Toolkit’


pelosiNancy Pelosi, Democratic congresswoman and House Minority Leader, has published a 78-page “toolkit” to help supporters of Obamacare sell the law to the public. Colleagues and fellow travelers are exhorted to focus especially on the elderly, young people and women.

Maybe they should focus especially on… Democrats. It is the rank and file of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International and the SEIU United Healthcare Workers of New York who are getting murdered by the real-world effects of the law, losing plans that were working before and petitioning for redress (and in the case of the not-so right-wing Roofers, outright repeal of the law).

The fact is that the more that people, including Democrats, learn about the law, the less they like it. Many sincere citizens thought they were just doing the right thing by their fellow man, especially the poor, by supporting universal healthcare, and they assumed there would be no cost to themselves, as promised by Obama. But they are waking up to the fact that Medicaid is the model for Obamacare, that Medicaid has been exposed as statistically no more beneficial than no insurance at all, and that everyone, themselves included, is now to be herded into a Medicaid-type plan designed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and enforced via increasingly frequent encounters with that most beloved and trusted of agencies, the IRS. Seeing what is coming, alarmed citizens are having second thoughts; Democratic senators are voting with Republicans to repeal parts of the law (like the medical device tax) when they aren’t outright stampeding for the exits shouting, “Train wreck!”

Among the talking points are: “If you like your doctor, you can choose to keep your doctor.” Notice the weasel-word difference – the legalistic plausible deniability – from the original promise? Yes, you can choose, but if your doctor chooses otherwise (such as to retire early, as 80% of physicians are contemplating) because of the burdens put on him/her by the law, or if he or she is no longer in practice as before because the law has forced him/her out of business and into an employee role in a corporation, your “choice” will have no meaning.

As it happens, this author published in February a 100-page toolkit (I called it a pamphlet, but in the spirit of bipartisanship and compromise, “toolkit” will do) to help citizens, including Republicans, to refute the arguments of Obamacare’s hucksters. Here are some of the key issues that were pointed out:

  • The PPACA was sold under false premises, such as that there were 50 million Americans without health care and that America lags behind other more enlightened nations.
  • It is destructive: of liberty, of the privacy and sanctity of the patient-family-physician trust relationship, of public finance, of your ability to keep the plan or the doctor that you like, of the economy and employment, and just about anything else it touches.
  • It cannot and will not work, because it contradicts fundamental laws of economics, liberty and constitutional government.
  • And we have plenty of positive alternatives previously proposed by Sally Pipes, Betsy McCaughey, John C. Goodman, Michael F. Cannon, Milton Friedman and many others, even if the Republican Party hasn’t been particularly articulate.

Of course it’s doubtful how effective such pamphlets written by mere citizens (without non-profit status) can be in the face of a publicly-funded propaganda machine backed by almost unlimited resources (how many more times bigger than the Pentagon’s budget is the HHS budget again?). After all, all the opponents of Obamacare have on their side are facts, logic, history, economic science and the Constitution, without pandering to mascots. Pelosi and her fellow travellers have at least three trump cards in their hand: unbeatable organization, the irresistible emotional tug of the sob story, and (they hope) the enduring belief on the part of a large swath of the voting population that there really is a Santa Claus, and his name is Uncle Sam.

Howard Hyde is author of “Pull the Plug on Obamacare,” available in Kindle and paperback editions from Amazon.com. More information, bibliography, table of contents and notes are available at his website: http://www.hhcapitalism.com/p/obamacare.html.

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  • Steve Fraser

    I live in SF….Pelosi's real deal is to give "waivers" to business people who send her campaign contributions to be able to bypass ObamaCare….I believe it's up over two hundred now.

    • Steve Fraser

      In other words, at the eleventh hour all the unions that support DEMS will get their waivers.

  • davarino

    I really do hate that old hag Pelosi. We ought to demand that they all live by the same rules we have to.

  • pierce

    Steve, did you vote for the old hag last November?
    She must have one hell of a campaign war chest, those waivers are not cheap, around 10 grand I hear.
    Libs beware.

  • Mik

    If you have private insurance in Mexico and live in a large city, there is plenty of excellent healthcare available. The majority of Mexicans are covered by IMSS or ISSTE government plans. Anecdote, a friend 8 months pregnant is having pain, not contractions. Shows up at the hospital. They put her in a maternity room with NINE other women. People are allowed to visit a total of two hours a day. No one person, not even the father, can stay longer than ten minutes. Nurses are non-communicative, and often nasty. Two weeks ago at a routine check up in the same hospital the mother is told that everything is fine. Today she is told she has an undersized baby and is reprimanded for not eating well and not caring for her unborn child. The baby in not developing well and it is all her fault. Did I tell you she is 18? What bedside manner. So they take her for an ultrasound. The wait is 48 hours. The results come eight hours after the test is done. After four days in the hospital she is released. The only result of the ordeal is that they decided to change her due date.

    I have seen the future. It is not pretty. But everything is free! (except that they take the monthly fee out of your paycheck automatically). Oh and finally, if you do not work for a company that is part of ISSTE or IMSS then you either go to the private hospital or to the government hospital for people with no insurance. There you will find doctors who refuse to treat people with HIV because they are worried that if they shake hands with them they might get the disease. I wish I were kidding.

    • Cathy

      Mik,

      That's the thing…. How anyone could be that stupid to assume that our healthcare outcomes were worse than 3rd world nations or those with universal healthcare is beyond me! We have the best medical technology in the world as well as the best doctors, hospitals, etc. Why else would people from other countries come here to have surgery or get cured?

      Many people just do not have clues when it comes to how things are here versus around the world. This is the reason that I think there should be a license required for voting…. just because you can check a box for a candidate does not mean you should be allowed to! The task is far more important with significant impact!

  • Pepe Gonzales

    "House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi's “toolkit”"

    Botox, Botox, Botox, and Botox.

  • JDinSTL

    Commissar Sebelius showing us what it’s about denying that 10 year old girl a lung transplant.

    Imagine if that was GWB’s HHS Secretary

  • terrimo

    I am afraid it does not matter what information is available to the horrors of this bill. The low information, Obummer loving voters will Never Ever investigate the facts. I have friends (well not that close anymore but still friends) who truly believe all Republicans lie, and only want to make millions off the backs of the poor and middle class. I believe unless you put the facts out in the open day after day after day and back it up with $$$$$$$ to anyone who can prove said facts wrong you will never get liberals to investigate any damaging facts against “The One”.

  • Alan
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