There is a word for using public relations campaigns to make populations more accepting of laws pushed onto the people by governments: Propagandizing. And the Administration of Barack Obama has been prolific in its use of taxpayer-funded propaganda to push the President’s signature healthcare overhaul.
According to The Hill, Health and Human Services (HHS) officials have confirmed that the agency recently signed a new $8 million (with the option to spend more) contract with the marketing firm Weber Shandwick to promote insurance exchanges implemented as a part of Obamacare.
This isn’t the first time your tax dollars have been spent in order to tout the healthcare overhaul that you may or may not support—the Administration entered a $3.1 million contract with Weber Shandwick last year and spent an additional $20 million selling its ideas with the help of another firm.
Proponents of the Federally-controlled insurance exchanges that will exist in 33 States by October say that the only way for Obamacare to work is for Americans to embrace it— an argument which, unsurprisingly, conservatives decrying both government spending and government-controlled healthcare believe is entirely moot.
But even Democrats know that something bad is afoot.
“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Senate Finance chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told HHS Chief Katherine Sebelius during a hearing last week. “When I’m home, small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect, they don’t know what affordability rules are, they don’t know what penalties may apply. They just don’t know.”
And judging by remarks made by Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a recent speech to medical executives, Americans should prepare for the worst.
“We are under 200 days from open enrollment [in Obamacare], and I’m pretty nervous,” he said. “The time for debating… is it a world-class experience, that’s what we used to talk about two years ago. Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”
The Administration’s move to make Obamacare more appealing through old fashioned propaganda is a move to preempt a pending wave of ugly criticism from both sides of the aisle if the train wreck Baucus and other lawmakers foresee becomes reality.
Never before has Representative Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) 2010 remark that “we have to pass the bill so that you can, uh, find out what is in it” been more poignant. Americans are finding out a little bit more every day about what government healthcare means for the Nation:
- Higher premiums.
- Those higher premiums apply specifically to young Americans who are getting royally screwed by insurance premium hikes nearing 169 percent, while older and sicker Americans will enjoy a 22 percent decrease in premiums because of healthcare vouchers under the system of mandatory insurance.
- Less privacy about personal health.
- Layoffs, layoffs and more layoffs.
- Price hikes for goods and services across the board.
- It’s looking so bad that even union leaders are speaking out against Obamacare.
- Medical professionals hate it.
- And, of course, no one really knows how Obamacare will be funded.
If you were the President, wouldn’t you feel the need to drop several million dollars on marketing to make the train wreck you orchestrated look a bit less fiery?