Over on the Drudge Report, Matt Drudge is featuring Obamacare horror stories and Democrats are engaging in a circular exercise dogs play, chasing their "tales." Along with the stories, the Drudge Report editors chose a likeness of President Obama representing the government as Uncle Sam for the current Obamacare banner image on Wednesday.
If that image seems shocking, one of the Drudge Report links is to a report, "Public Rebellion Brewing..." with an image of pensioner protestors armed with pitchforks. Apparently, the image is intended to represent the degree of anger Americans are feeling about Obamacare.
Since the disastrous roll-out of the health care website, Democrats have been dogged by Obamacare "horror stories." The "tales" have been spotlighted on Drudge Report, a news aggregate site with a rabid following. This unrelenting focus from the Drudge Report and elsewhere has set some Democrats to chasing the "tales" with what they profess are the facts.
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One Drudge link leads to a report of Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fighting back on the Senate floor at what he considers a number of untrue "tales" about Obamacare. In the report, Reid claimed:
We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it's ruining in Republicans' stump speeches and in ads ... But in those tales, turned out to be just that, tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements ... Republicans may need tall tales and outright lies to convince the public that Obamacare is bad for them. But Democrats, we don’t have to make things up. We have the support of lots of people. Despite all that good news, there's plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America."
Tuesday night President Obama echoed Harry Reid, blaming low Obamacare enrollments on oppositional spending of "hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars spreading misinformation" about Obamacare. As the March 31 deadline for 2014 healthcare enrollment looms, there is a long way to go before hitting the already downwardly revised goal of 6-million enrollment target, and very little time to do it. Unfortunately, the Washington Post recently gave President Obama their highest rating, four Pinocchios, for deception for claiming 7 million gained access to Medicaid "for the first time" through Obamacare.
The recent Drudge banner includes a report linkoutlining how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to collect the mandatory tax from folks who fail to buy insurance. This report is far more difficult to label a "tale." The content of that report provides hyperlinks directly to the IRS which backs up the information that the IRS intends to aggressively pursue the uninsured in 2015 to collect the "taxes" due from individuals who ignore the health insurance mandate.
Especially troublesome for the Obama administration, the Drudge Report also features a link to an analysis of a Kaiser poll indicating Obama's health care outreach is failing to counter the negative views the uninsured have about the Affordable Care Act. According to The Daily Caller, "Public opinion of the Affordable Care Act still skews significantly negative," and "opposition to Obamacare" has "reached an all time high."
Even though the Drudge Report consistently refers to the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare, the use of "Affordable Care Act" carries its own negativity. Many who have lost the plans they loved through cancellation continue to maintain that the health insurance reform is neither "affordable" nor "caring."
Apparently, it doesn't matter what it's called on the Drudge Report as long as people forced to purchase the insurance are unhappy. No doubt, Matt Drudge will continue to lay the blame in the president's lap by calling it "Obamacare," while Democrats are forced to chase their "tales," circling around and around and around -- the facts.