And we urge people to reach out. And if they signed up their child, then signed up -- sign up their friends," Mrs. Obama said. "You know, if you've got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care. You know, ring in the New Year with a -- new coverage." (Chuckles.)
Even she couldn’t say it with a straight face.
Of course, the president shared a few thoughts of his own.
What we communicated to the women here is there's something about moms -- (laughter) -- that, number one, they got credibility generally; number two, women oftentimes are the ones who are making the health care decisions in the family; number three, moms can tell young people who think they're invincible that they're not and prod them to at least get information.
"They got credibility generally?" As in, not always?
This effort to make the holidays all about Obamacare is disturbingly reminiscent of the “Obama Event Registry,” where Americans with “a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up” were encouraged to “register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation” to his 2012 reelection campaign “in lieu of a gift” for themselves.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked on Wednesday why Mrs. Obama is playing a bigger role in the push to sell Obamacare.
"Well, she's a mom," he said, and “a great messenger."
Of course, her “bigger role” has nothing to do with the string of recent polls -- Fox News, CNN-ORC Washington Post-ABC News and Quinnipiac -- that show the majority of Americans don’t think her husband is “honest or trustworthy.”
So, how do you turn a lump of Obamacare-coal into a "Christmas treat?"
As Breitbart reported Monday, Organizing for America (OFA) “put out a new video, imploring parents to interrupt their time with their children” this holiday season “to promote the benefits of Obamacare in a last-ditch attempt to ease millennial dissatisfaction with President Obama.”
Good luck with that.
The first lady first partnered with OFA to promote this holiday hijacking program just before Thanksgiving, and subsequent polling showed it didn’t work – at all.
A survey released by Harvard Institute of Politics in early December showed that 57 percent of American millennials -- ages 18-29 -- disapprove of Obamacare and “less than 1/3 say they're likely to enroll in the exchange.”
More significantly, 52 percent of them said would support removing Obama from office.
“The targeting of parents,” Breitbart also noted “appears to be a direct reaction to dwindling support for Obamacare among white women.”
Insert Einstein’s definition of “insanity” here.
As part of this coordinated effort, OFA posted a little ditty on its website called “Health Care for the Holidays,” providing you with an easy four-step program designed to help you turn your holiday gatherings into a family Obamacare enrollment seminars.
For “Step 1,” OFA supplies you with a “packing list” -- which you are to send your family members ahead of time -- “to make sure” they “have what they need to shop on the new health insurance marketplace” when they arrive.
1. Your Social Security Number
2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number
"Step 2” instructs you to “make sure you have a plan for when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance” and provides “a few tips to help you prepare.”
“Start the conversation early!”
“Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.”
“Think about how you’ll bring it up” and “choose a place” to bring it up.
For “Step 3,” OFA provides “conversation tips” -- a printable script, similar to those used by telemarketers -- telling you exactly what to say to “start” the conversation, what to “tell them” in order to dismiss their objections as “misconceptions” and how to “follow up” to make sure you close the sale.
"Step 4” – for which OFA wants your email address and zip code -- requires you to “make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.”
Any bets OFA will contact the list of pledgees after the holidays for a report on how many family members they coerced into enrolling?
We’re “making a list, checking it twice -- gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.”
On top of the video, the mom conference and the four-step Obamacare sales manual, OFA National Director of Campaign Issues Lindsay Siler sent out an email Monday -- shared on Political Examiners -- to rally the troops by attacking their opponents.
“More than 1.2 million Americans have already signed up for new health care plans since October 1st,” Siler’s email began, “and yet some people still wake up every morning determined to try to take it all away.”
As The Wall Street Journal reported Dec. 11, “a charitable reading suggests that ObamaCare's net enrollment stands at about negative four million.”
That's the estimated four million to five and a half million people who had their individual health plans liquidated as ObamaCare-noncompliant—offset by the 364,682 who have signed up for a plan on a state or federal exchange and the 803,077 who have been found eligible to receive Medicaid.
“Obamacare is the law of the land,” Siler continued, “and no matter what myths they spread or repeal bills they propose, every single day health care reform is helping to make millions of lives better.”
First: While Obamacare may be “the law of the land” -- the majority of Americans never wanted it. It was forced upon them by the president and a Democratic-controlled House and Senate, without a single Republican vote.
Third: The millions of American adults and college students suffering from Obamacare sticker shock and those losing their doctors -- cancer patients, the elderly and those whose existing doctors aren’t included in the new network -- clearly don’t agree that Obamacare is making their lives “better.”
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
Obama also promised Americans could keep their doctors – “period.”
“If the other side wants to throw down,” Siler warned, “they need to know they're up against a grassroots operation that's going to beat them.”
If OFA “wants to throw down, they need to know” that -- according to the Real Clear Politics average of nine of the latest polls on Obamacare – “they're up against” about 52 percent of the American population.
On Tuesday, OFA Development Director Kathy Gasperine sent out her own email -- also shared on Political Examiners -- advising recipients that she’s “putting together a list” of OFA’s “2013 founding members -- the people who have been part of this from the start.”
According to our records, you're not on it yet, so I wanted you to know just how important -- and easy -- it is to change that.
OFA’s John Carson started begging people to "become a founding member" back in March.
“No one has ever done what we're trying to do,” he claimed, “restore the balance of power to ordinary people by countering the special-interest groups with the most powerful grassroots movement ever built.”
And “no one has ever” defined “founding members” the way they have either.
Yes, instead of having to be there “from the start” -- a year ago -- and actually putting in effort to establish the organization, “all you have to do to be a member is donate $5 or more right now.”
If only our Founding Fathers had it so easy.
As the Heritage Foundation explains, they risked "their lives, fortunes sacred honor to start a new nation."
OFA is one of the largest grassroots organizations around,” Gasperine insisted, “and we've spent our first year going toe-to-toe with groups and opposition that will try to score political points, no matter who gets hurt in the process.
Of course, they “spent” their first four years as Obama for America, the political action committee “founded” in 2007 -- 6 years ago -- that generated over $16 million for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run.
“Take a look at Obamacare,” Gasperine added. “The other side has gone to unprecedented lengths to sabotage this law, actively trying to keep people from getting access to quality, affordable health insurance.”
Never mind that the government’s ill-designed, incomplete, glitch-riddled website has been preventing “people from getting access” for three months now.
“And while we won't match our opponents dollar for dollar,” she added, “we won't need to.”
That must be why they keep begging for money.
But we can't let their extreme campaigns go on without a fight. That's why I'm sending you this email. Whether you call it a guilt trip, or yet another email asking you for something, I think we can agree that -- considering what's at stake -- it matters.
“What’s at stake” is the 2014 midterm elections, and Obamacare is killing them.
According to the Dec. 10 Quinnipiac survey, the majority of American voters – 41 percent to 38 percent -- said they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives and by a margin of 47 percent to 42 percent, the majority of voters said they would like to see Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress, so, yes -- to borrow the phrase used by Vice President Joe Biden when the Democrats shoved Obamacare down the throats of every American – “this is a big f-ing deal.”
And -- in a desperate effort to assuage public anger, after already delaying the individual mandate twice -- The Washington Post reported Thursday that Obama announced “that Americans whose health insurance policies were canceled as a result of new ObamaCare regulations would be exempt from the law's individual mandate.”
That he has allowed hardship exemptions because replacement policies are too expensive contradicts that whole “Affordable” part of the “Health Care Act.”
Then there’s that word – “grassroots.”
OFA likes that word – “grassroots.”
But while OFA defines itself as a “grassroots movement” on its website, Wikipedia explains that “the term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures.”
No one had to tell Duck Dynasty fans how to respond when A&E suspended Phil Robertson, and -- as Jethro Nededog reported for "The Wrap" Thursday -- the "record levels of backlash" has GLADD feeling quite the opposite of happy.
When you have to use guilt trips pressure others into joining your group -- and have to send out “yet another email asking” them “for something” -- “the creation of the movement and the group supporting it" are not “natural and spontaneous.”
When OFA morphed into Obama’s “non-profit” agenda-pushing donation generator in January of 2013, the same people even stayed to run the show. Former Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina stayed on as the national chairman, and other Obama campaign alumni -- Stephanie Cutter, Robert Gibbs, Jennifer O’Malley-Dillon, Julianna Smoot and Erik Smith – became board members. Obama’s senior reelection campaign adviser David Plouffe joined after he left his post at the White House.
That OFA’s website even includes an Obama logo and its URL bears his name -- https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/organizing-for-action -- its endeavors are clearly “orchestrated by traditional power structures.”
As Wikipedia explains further, “faking a grassroots movement is known as astroturfing, which, as the name suggests, is named after AstroTurf, the iconic brand of artificial grass.”
Astroturfing means pretending to be a grassroots movement, when in reality the agenda and strategy are controlled by a hidden, non-grassroots organization.
And that’s how a lump of Obamacare-cole becomes a “Christmas treat” – or not.