Tomorrow, as you’re sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal and catching up with your loved ones, perhaps you’d like to awkwardly disrupt the holiday with a partisan monologue about what a blessing Obamacare is.
At least that’s what Michelle Obama and an array of affiliated progressive groups want you to do. The First Lady is encouraging her husband’s supporters at Organizing for Action to bring up Obamacare to family members who’d rather be chowing down on turkey.
“As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be sure to talk with them about what health reform can mean for them,” she wrote OFA members in a fundraising note. “OFA has some tips to help get the ball rolling…Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.”
She goes on to list 14 talking points for Obama supporters who want to leave one in the Thanksgiving punchbowl by talking about Obamacare while everyone else is trying to watch football.
Among her helpful hints:
PICK A TIME
Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!
Integrate the talk into family time: Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BRING IT UP
Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you.
Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance.
CHOOSE A PLACE
Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!
Find a quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet.
Start by asking: “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?”
Offer to walk them through it: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?”
Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it: “When do you plan on signing up?”
Don’t forget to follow up: “Have you signed up yet?”
If you’re an Obamacare evangelist who’s running up against a particularly quarrelsome conservative curmudgeon in the family, those talking points may not be enough. That’s why the Democratic National Committee launched the “Democrat’s guide to talking politics with your Republican uncle” website.
Yourrepublicanuncle.com evidently has the Republican demographic nailed, since it’s targeted at the opinionated geezers who collectively present the only ideological opposition to socialism’s forward progress in the U.S.
The site doesn’t just vouch for Obamacare, but covers all the bases in protecting Barack Obama’s cult of personality. Whether it’s immigration, Obamacare, climate change or the economy, yourrepublicanuncle.com offers the progressive cheat sheet that Obama’s foot soldiers can use to vindicate his Presidency.
So even if there’s a giant turkey waiting for your family on the table tomorrow, you’ll have an even bigger one on your hands if you’re related to someone crazy enough to take the First Lady’s advice.