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Democrats want the usual “villain” blamed for ObamaCare debacle … not them

If you’re wondering why, please remember that whenever the Democrats or the White House get in trouble, step one of escaping that trouble is to use the bully pulpit to blame someone else.  Oh, and there’s the fact that in the past, attacking the health insurance companies seemed to have worked:

The approach hasn’t sat well with some Democratic allies, who are publicly and privately urging the White House to ramp up its attacks on insurers, arguing that the the tactic shored up support as they struggled to push the bill through Congress. A group of Democratic strategists pressed senior administration officials during a conference call last week.

They’d like a repeat of 2009-10, when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called insurers “the villains,” Obama blasted their willingness to “bend the truth or break it,” and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accused them of banking excessive profits.

“When Obamacare got into trouble, we juxtaposed our message against the insurance companies, which are very unpopular,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who has advised her 2014 clients, including Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, to go after insurers. “We should be messaging against the insurance companies this time as well. This is not good faith. If there is a snowstorm, the insurance companies are blaming it on Obamacare.”

But there’s a problem.  With the horrific rollout of ObamaCare, the White House needs the support of the industry they demonized for so long.  They need the “villains”.

This time around, Obama needs the industry to make Obamacare work.

His restrained response over the past week shows just how much the dynamic between Obama and the insurance companies has shifted since the law passed — and how their fates have become intertwined. The health care law expands coverage to millions of Americans by sending them into the private insurance market armed with tax subsidies, forcing the president and his former nemeses into an uneasy partnership that’s only beginning to face strains.

“Their interests are aligned with our interests in terms of wanting to enroll targeted populations,” a senior White House official said Wednesday. “It is not that we will agree with everything now either, but I would say for some time now there has been a collaboration because of that mutual interest.”

The uneasy truce will likely exist until such a time as it is politically expedient for the White House to blame all of ACA’s ills on someone else — namely health insurance providers (trying to blame Republicans seems to have had little traction).  But they can’t afford to do that at the moment.  However, while a full frontal assault on the industry may not be in the offing, the White House is still inclined to snipe:

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett angered insurers when she posted on Twitter that it was a “fact” that “nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney has been critical of insurance companies during his daily briefings, calling the individual market an under-regulated “Wild West.” But he’s tried to strike a balance, casting insurers as engaged in bad practices before the new health care law brought them into line.

Obama did the same during a health care speech Friday in Boston.

“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy,” Obama said.

Ah, the life of a failed community organizer and his posse.  Help create a monstrosity out of whole cloth and then, when it performs as poorly as critics said it would, find a “villain” and blame them.  Except right now you need the villain.  Meanwhile your party is raising the volume on its protests about the awful rollout and its effect on their chances for re-election next year.

What to do.  What to do.

~McQ

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12 Responses to Democrats want the usual “villain” blamed for ObamaCare debacle … not them

  • “Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy,” Obama said.

    Which seems really odd, since over 80% of American CONSUMERS of insurance were HAPPY with their insurance.

    But, of course, the answer to that seeming conundrum is that Pres. ScamWOW is a big, fat liar, and he’s evoking a memory that nobody actually has.  Such a “bad apple” insurer would be killed off by market forces and law suits.

    One of the “broken” things about our health insurance system PRIOR to the ObamaDoggle was OVER REGULATION which, naturally, inhibited competition (as it is generally designed to do).

  • The Pinocchio Test
    Blaming the insurance companies can only go so far. First of all, the administration wrote the rules that set the conditions under which plans lose their grandfathered status. But more important, the law has an effective date so far in the past that it virtually guaranteed that the vast majority of people currently in the individual market would end up with a notice saying they needed to buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.
    The administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere.
    Three Pinocchios

    I’m sure this didn’t help the Spite House much.

    • Secretary Syphilis is supposed to make an “important announcement” in Atlanta tomorrow. 

      If the Administration had any brains, they would change the effective date (even though the law specifies an effective date, what’s breaking one more law to this lawless Administration ?).

  • http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/363322/early-retirement-courtesy-obamacare-patrick-brennan


    Perverse incentives…everywhere you look.  Like the Boomer professional couple who are planning to push their income down so as to obtain “subsidies” (i.e., legal theft) others will have to pay for.  They can’t afford ObamaDoggle without doing that.
     

  • Wait a minute…..you mean Obama and the Dems are actually using a big industry as a scapegoat? NO WAY DUDE! I don’t even know how you can say that. I mean, it’s not as if the Obama administration has actually blamed Bush, Big Oil, Big Pharma, The Banks, The Republicans, The Tea Party, Republican Governors, Global Warming, Hurricane Sandy, Germany, SCOTUS, Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Ted Cruz, Racists, George Zimmerman, the NRA, America (for being “ungovernable”) Baby Asaad, Israel, and small business owners for various stumbles and screw ups that Obama blundered into.
    “Smartest Man in the Room”

  • What to do.  What to do.

    Blame <fill in the blanks>!
    It always works with their clueless constituents.

  • If they have to get Congress to agree, I’d force every person to mouth the insults they threw at Congress…so Pfeifer has to say on TV “I am a hostage taker.” and Pelosi has to say “I am an arsonist.”
    Only then will a deal get passed.

  • Awww… Collectivist, mugged by reality.
    **Dylan Ratigan, the former host of the MSNBC program bearing his name, just had his health insurance cancelled due to ObamaCare:
    I bought a catastrophic health policy for $170/mo when I left MSNBC. Obamacare cancelled the policy. New rate $600/mo. Thnx Mr. President!
    — Dylan Ratigan (@DylanRatigan) November 8, 2013
    I have been a long time advocate of catastrophic with a transparent mkt for routine. Struck me as interesting that that is illegal now.
    — Dylan Ratigan (@DylanRatigan) November 8, 2013
    Readers should recall that Ratigan typically took extremely liberal positions on his program though claiming to not be affiliated with either party.
    In fact, although he had advocated for an even more liberal healthcare reform, he defended ObamaCare saying on the October 5, 2009, Morning Meeting, “There are people that are actually trying to derail health care in order to take down Obama, even if it means half the country dies.”
    HEH!
     

    • “There are people that are actually trying to derail health care in order to take down Obama, even if it means half the country dies.”
      HEH!”

      Based on the number of things that are allegedly going to kill people if we prevent (x) or don’t support (y), I’m surprised there’s anyone living in the Continental US.

      Drama queen much?

  • Obama will negotiate with Iran, Syria and the Taliban but he will not negotiate with the house or senate.  Shameful