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Dems Admit To Lying About Obama-Care

From the Politico:

Dems retreat on health care cost pitch

By: Ben Smith
August 19, 2010

Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit, and instead stressing a promise to "improve it."

And never mind that the Democrat’s main argument for ‘healthcare reform’ was that it would reduce costs and the deficit. It’s funny, but just two weeks ago Mr. Obama said it was the Republicans who were going to count on the voters having ‘amnesia.’

The messaging shift was circulated this afternoon on a conference call and PowerPoint presentation organized by FamiliesUSA — one of the central groups in the push for the initial legislation. The call was led by a staffer for the Herndon Alliance, which includes leading labor groups and other health care allies. It was based on polling from three top Democratic pollsters, John Anzalone, Celinda Lake, and Stan Greenberg.

The confidential presentation, available in full here and provided to POLITICO by a source on the call, suggests that Democrats are acknowledging the failure of their predictions that the health care legislation would grow more popular after its passage, as its benefits became clear and rhetoric cooled. Instead, the presentation is designed to win over a skeptical public, and to defend the legislation — and in particular the individual mandate — from a push for repeal.

The presentation concedes that groups typically supportive of Democratic causes — people under 40, non-college educated women, and Hispanic voters — have not been won over by the plan. Indeed, it stresses repeatedly, many are unaware that the legislation has passed, an astonishing shortcoming in the White House’s all-out communications effort.

This is absolutely hilarious. Though it is probably a good thing for the Democrats if people don’t realize that Obama-care is now the law of the land.

"Straightforward ‘policy’ defenses fail to [move] voters’ opinions about the law," says one slide. "Women in particular are concerned that health care law will mean less provider availbality [sic] – scarcity an issue."

And they are right, of course.

The presentation also concedes that the fiscal and economic arguments that were the White House’s first and most aggressive sales pitch have essentially failed.

"Many don’t believe health care reform will help the economy," says one slide.

The presentation’s final page of "Don’ts" counsels against claiming "the law will reduce costs and deficit."

Again, think what this represents. It is a full acknowledgement that ‘healthcare reform’ was pushed through Congress on the basis of a lie.

Moreover, since it will not reduce costs, it should never have been allowed to be a permanent law. Under ‘reconciliation’ bills that do not reduce the deficit have to ‘sunset’ within ten years. (Cf. the ‘Bush tax cuts.’) Someone should take this to court.

The presentation advises, instead, sales pitches that play on personal narratives and promises to change the legislation.

"People can be moved from initial skepticism and support for repeal of the law to favorable feelings and resisting repeal," it says. "Use personal stories – coupled with clear, simple descriptions of how the law benefits people at the individual level – to convey critical benefits of reform."

Yes, tell stories about how old people have to use their dead sister’s dentures unless there is Obama-care. (As Louis Slaughter is wont to do.)

The presentation also counsels against the kind of grand claims of change that accompanied the legislation’s passage.

"Keep claims small and credible; don’t overpromise or ‘spin’ what the law delivers," it says, suggesting supporters say, "The law is not perfect, but it does good things and helps many people. Now we’ll work ot [sic] improve it.”

Oh, now they want to be credible and not over promise.

The Herndon Alliance, which presented the research, is a low-profile group which coordinated liberal messaging in favor of the public option in health care. Its "partners" include health care legislation’s heavyweight supporters: The AARP, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Health Care for America Now, MoveOn, and La Raza, among many others

Notice that these are the very same propagandists who told us all of the lies about healthcare — early and often.

"If we are to preserve the gains made by the law and build on this foundation, the American public must understand what the law means for them," says Herndon’s website. "We must overcome fear and mistrust, and we must once again use our collective voice to connect with the public on the values we share as Americans."

In other words, they are telling their minions to lie even harder.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Dems Admit To Lying About Obama-Care”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    [Don’t] assume that the public knows the health reform law passed or if they know it passed understand how it will affect them

    These people do not deserve to be voted out of office – They deserve to be tried for Treason and executed.

    And oh, btw – In one sentence they show the utter disdain and contempt that they have for the American citizens.

    On Hot Air – there is a wonderful comment about this whole healthcare ‘reform’ bs – but the take away line that says it all is:

    The moment you ask anyone else to do that for you, then you admit to the poverty of your own spirit and unwillingness to sacrifice from yourself what you ask others to sacrifice for you.

    The first quote is a succinct example of what is wrong with America and the second quote is a succinct example of what made/makes America great.

    Remember in NOvember – Vote ‘Em Out

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..“Dems Admit To Lying About Obama-Care”…….

    If I remember correctly from all of my English classes, the above statement could probably qualify as a run-on sentence, as it could just as clearly and easily convey the complete message in a much abbreviated form, i.e. “Dems Admit To Lying.”

    • jackal40 says:

      John, I do believe you are correct.

      More importantly, isn’t this admissible as evidence in a court of law?

  3. proreason says:

    “We must overcome fear and mistrust, and we must once again use our collective voice to connect with the public on the values we share as Americans.”

    What a breathtaking sentence.

    But let’s step up a level in the discussion.

    This thought occured to me sometime yesterday:
    “the heart of the entire political debate today is whether the government should be the decision maker for your life or whether you prefer to live with the pluses and minuses of free markets.”

    Health Care is the perfect illustration. Would you rather have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Karen Sebbelius deciding whether your child can have a life-saving procedure, or would you prefer to take your chances that you and your family can earn enough money so that you can afford market-based insurance and, if necessary, acquire other resources to buy that procedure?

    The key factor will usually be whether you think you think by dint of hard work and talent that you can do better than “average”.

    But I would also urge you to consider whether politicians or free markets have a better track record.

    Or boil it down to something personal. Think about your position on this basic decision in terms of having Nancy Pelosi living in your house with your family and “guiding” your lives….and oh yes, you also have to pay the living expenses she says that she deserves.

  4. untrainable says:

    I’m liking the whole treason/execution idea. Problem is that Eric “the hold-up” Holder is the man with the last word. That word will be “No”. Unless the accused is a vet, or a tea party activist, or anyone who truly loves this country and disagrees with the administration. The very definition of Tyranny.

    Tyranny : arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.

    I’d say the entire Oblamer administration falls, quite nicely, into that definition.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Crying wolf one to many times has come back to bite them in the arse.
    As with every thing this commie, criminal cabal has done….this is by far the worst of the worst. We said we didn’t want this but yet now they said they lied to pass this monster.
    YES…….lock ’em up and charge them all with High Treason!!

  6. Right of the People says:

    “The law is not perfect, but it does good things and helps many people. Now we’ll work ot [sic] improve it.”

    But, but, they told us it was perfect when they were trying to ram it down our throats.

    They said that cats would live in peace with dogs, the sun will shine every day and Michelle is one of the most attractive women in the world. These are all things I heard spew forth from their mouths. Well not the bit about Michelle, no one would ever make that statement.

    untrainable, Holder should be one of the first to swing along with San Fran Nan, Bwaney Fwanks, Crissy Dodd, Harry Waxman and Harry Reid to name just a few. What Holder is doing to the DOJ is truly criminal.

  7. wardmama4 says:

    An insurance woman called Rush today – this ‘free’ healthcare is no where near free (like we all didn’t know that). Seems that 22 states have refused to accept the burden (translation additional rate hikes for all other insured people) to comply with the ‘existing condition’ guidelines. So those people have to go to the government insurance – $300/month, $2500 deductible before you even get to the 80/20 pay (how does that even come close to free) and get this – to qualify – you have to prove your citizenship (how delicious is that irony – since The Won made such a stink about the new AZ law – and his own healthcare mess – requires it).

    She listed the website (see Rush’s site) – where you can get all this info – this isn’t anything that anyone expected nor even close to what these liars in DC told us – I can’t wait for NOvember – repeal, repeal, repeal (and I heard someone say, that since it was forced into a vote under reconciliation that now that it’s been shown not to be deficit neutral – that it automatically has a sunset on it)

    I mean it is beginning to sound as though the only thing the Klownposse in DC wanted was to pass a bill that said healthcare for The Won’s legacy – and they managed to screw up the actual details so badly – it is a failure before it’s even taken effect.

  8. Tater Salad says:

    America……..it is time to get off our rearends and to take this country back:


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