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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Scared Dems Essentially Admit ObamaCare Won't Reduce Deficit

Yes, I'm late with this, but better late then never. Right?

The Dems have abandoned pitching ObamaCare as a cost-saving measure. Go figure... And now their strategy is to tell sob stories...um, I mean... personal narratives and to promise to change the legislation in the future. Hope and Change, this time in desperation...

From the Politico.com article by Ben Smith:

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

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"The presentation [a PowerPoint presentation organized by FamiliesUSA] 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.

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"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 [the] deficit.'

"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.'

"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 to improve it.'

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

Can you believe this is a political strategy? "The law is not perfect, but it does good things and helps many people. Now we’ll work to improve it?" After 2000+ pages of legislation were passed as law, now we'll work to improve it? How? Maybe with another 4000 pages? Come on.

Americans didn't want this badly written, economically fascist law jammed down their throats and now we're angry about it. Trying to weasel out of the responsibility by saying "Sure we said it was perfect, but now we admit we're wrong and now just trust us and we'll improve it," isn't going to work anymore then ObamaCare itself will work.

This law must be repealed. No compromises.

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