Minnesota Officials Use Paul Bunyan To Strong-Arm Public Opinion On Obamacare


According to legend, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox cleared North Dakota of its forests and dug Lake Superior with nothing but willpower and sweat. But now, Mr. Bunyan has the even more arduous task of convincing Americans that Obamacare isn’t a scam on his hands.


Of course, this time his will have $9 million in taxpayer money to help.

Minnesota officials have launched a massive awareness campaign to get people to sign up for its new Obamacare insurance program, using the likenesses of Bunyan and Babe to encourage people to sign up.

The ads feature the folklore legends enduring a number of injury-riddled mishaps for which they’ll need medical care and insurance, but never actually mention Obamacare.

Critics of the ad campaign say the effort is both a massive waste of money and damaging to Bunyan’s image.

“The biggest travesty here is that $9 million of taxpayer money has been spent coming up with Paul Bunyan and Babe,” Minnesota GOP Representative Peggy Scott said.

Of course, the roots of the Bunyan legend may make him a better fit for convicting Americans to embrace Obamacare than you might think.

Via the Wisconsin Historical Society:

[B]efore they were printed, the Bunyan tales had a long oral tradition. From the 1880s through 1910 they were often improvised aloud in logging camps by groups of veteran lumberjacks to test the gullibility of new recruits. Some of the stories were also intended to intimidate the novice loggers, most of whom were teenagers fresh from the farm or the city, by exaggerating the dangers of extreme winter conditions or mythical forest beasts.

Still, Scott thinks there is a better Wisconsin legend for the job.

“I’m thinking go back to Bob Dylan. He’s a folklore guy, right? And he has a song called ‘Everything Is Broken.’ I think that might be more appropriate,” Scott said.

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  • Elton Robb

    That’s awful.

  • Sam

    I don’t think the demoncrats are going to convince the America people that obamacare is anything but a scam. It is a totalitarian planned takeover of our lives. I don’t look forward to it. In fact, I feel like I am living in the twilight zone.

    • Robbie

      Relax, you’re going to be fine. The sky is NOT falling.

  • spacegasp

    Is the intelligence-gathering thing related to the health care thing?.. Are they going to use that data to decide who stays….and who goes? (To the schmucks who voted not to defund the spying program..and told us how the NSA was going by the “rules”…. How do you like those thousands of violations? Look how stupid you look now…..Good job…thanks a pant-load)


    FYI & correction:…Dylan is a MINNESOTA legend, not from Wisconsin…he was born in Duluth, but grew up in Hibbing, the town NBA great Kevin McHale hails from!

  • Motov

    The fraud in the white house has pulled another wool over our eyes

  • dan

    what the government has the power to give…it has the power to remove

    The ID chipping has begun (it’s mandatory in Barrycare…)
    no chip ,no goverment services…and NSA tracks who gets a chip….
    and more importently,who refuses to cooperate

  • dan

    what the government has the power to give…it has the power to remove

    The ID chipping has begun (it’s mandatory in Barrycare…)
    no chip ,no goverment services…and NSA tracks who gets a chip….
    and more importently,who refuses to cooperate

    • JLouisK

      Where is it written that ID chipping is mandatory?

      • dan

        It’s voluntary if you want to keep receiving ‘benifits/treatment.
        They’re clever in how they parse the fine print.

        • JLouisK

          Could you provide a link or reference? If this is the case, then I will refuse to be chipped. And I won’t pay the tax penalty either. That’s what this is about, control.