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Dem Lobbyists Push Obama-Care Enrollment

From an approving Los Angeles Times:

Campaign aims to sign up Americans for health insurance

Enroll America, a new nonprofit group, plans to publicize the expanded availability of health coverage under the new federal healthcare law and to help states make enrollment easier.

By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2011

Reporting from Washington — Giving a boost to the new healthcare law, a coalition of hospitals, insurers, drug makers and consumer advocates is joining a multimillion-dollar campaign to get Americans signed up for health insurance starting in 2014.

As they said in the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, ‘Join Us!’

The new nonprofit group, called Enroll America, plans a state-by-state effort to publicize the expanded availability of health coverage and to help state leaders put in place procedures to simplify enrollment

There is absolutely nothing new about this group. This is Families USA, which is a longtime Democrat front group that has been around since 1981. In fact, they were the public relations team for Hillary-Care. (See below.)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that an additional 32 million Americans will get insurance by 2019. But getting people to sign up in 21/2 years remains one of the major challenges confronting those working to implement the law.

"We need to develop a culture of coverage," said Paul Markovich, chief operating officer of Blue Shield of California, one of Enroll America’s leading members.

Of course, the infamous Obama-Care mandate, with its fines and even threats of jail time might help motivate people to get coverage, too.

But obviously the important thing here is to get as many people dependent on government provided health insurance as quickly as possible. In order to make it all the harder to repeal Obama-Care.

That prompted Families USA, an influential consumer group and key backer of the law, to reach out to healthcare industry leaders, many of whom will probably profit from the coverage expansion

According to an article from the July 28, 1994 edition of the New York Times, Families USA is "an advocacy group [lobbyists] that served as the de facto public relations manager of the Clinton Administration’s campaign for comprehensive health care legislation." But this really isn’t even the half of it. (See below.)

Enroll America officials said they had raised more than $6 million, including $1.5 million from the insurance industry, $2.5 million from the pharmaceutical industry, $1.3 million from foundations and $825,000 from hospitals… Rachel Klein, the group’s executive director, said Enroll America was seeking more than $10 million more to move ahead with its campaign.

Couldn’t their be better uses for this money?

Meanwhile, where is a little more background on Families USA, via Discover the Networks:

Families USA

Founded in 1981, Families USA (FUSA), originally known as the Villers Foundation, is an influential Washington-based health-care advocacy group “dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

One of FUSA’s co-founders is Ron Pollack, who currently serves as the group’s Executive Director and Vice President… The Hill and National Journal cited Pollack as one of the top nonprofit lobbyists in Washington.

FUSA’s other co-founder, Philippe Villers, is currently the organization’s President. He also serves on the ACLU’s President’s Committee and Amnesty International USA’s Executive Directors Council.

FUSA’s board of directors is composed of numerous leaders from prominent progressive organizations, including:

* Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
* Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and Chair of Reform Immigration for America
* Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
* Robert Edgar, Co-Chair of Win Without War, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, and President and CEO of the George Soros-funded Common Cause

FUSA has spent tens of millions of dollars, organizing and lobbying for health-care coverage for children and the uninsured. Until 2009, the organization was a prominent supporter of universal government-run health care…

Each year, FUSA runs a Health Care Action (HCA) conference to promote increased levels of government control over the American health-care system

With the passage of the Democratic health-care reform bill in March 2010, FUSA Executive Director Ron Pollack told the Washington Post: “I’m not worried about the bill. It has its imperfections and there are things we can build on in the future. The immediate concern is implementation. […] It’s [sic] implementation that will translate this bill into real health-care reform.”

Again, they want to get as many people dependent on the system as quickly as possible.

In 2010, FUSA again partnered with the Obama administration to rehabilitate the image of the unpopular health-care bill with a nationwide PR campaign. Anita Dunn, Obama’s former communications director, and Andrew Grossman, a top Democratic strategist who coordinated grassroots efforts on behalf of health-care reform in 2009, collaborated to build a campaign that would last until 2014; it would consist of “road shows” all across the nation in order to provide federal officials with an advocacy platform to promote the bill. Pollack described this initiative as an effort to shape the media’s perception of health-care legislation. “Those events are intended to be media-centric,” he stated. “We devote a lot of time before and after to meet with editorial boards, to do radio and TV interviews and sit down with local reporters.”

But the news media, like the Los Angeles times portray this propaganda campaign as some new nonpartisan effort.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Dem Lobbyists Push Obama-Care Enrollment”

  1. untrainable says:

    Lobbyists working with hospitals, insurers, drug makers and consumer advocates. Interesting that there aren’t any Physicians, or healthcare workers. The people who actually know something about actual healthcare. Is there anyone in the group that YOU would consider trustworthy on healthcare issues? Lobbyists (professional liars)? Hospitals (all about the bottom line)? Insurers (I thought insurers were the problem with the system as it exists) ? Drug makers ( usually referred to as “evil big pharma”) ? Consumer advocates? Really?

    They’re trying to get as many signed up “In order to make it all the harder to repeal Obama-Care.” What will those signed up by these hucksters do when O-care is repealed as unconstitutional?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    People without health insurance would be foolish to actually pay for it since they will be getting healthcare for free payed for with other people’s money. Let’s face the facts, how is the government going to fine tax those without health insurance when the large majority of people without it don’t file taxes? Furthermore, how is the government going to know if you don’t have health insurance? Are we going to have to register like we do for the selective service?

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