On Nov. 28, 2013, while many Americans were deep into preparations for a meaningful day of thanksgiving, the community organizer, Working America, was serving up a sure family Thanksgiving spoiler on their website. The health care advocates suggested their followers use their family holiday dinner as an opportunity to argue for Obamacare. The group provided a cheat sheet of talking points for Obamacare, titled, "Turkey Talk."
The site justified its intent to use a family dinner table as a warring political pit by writing, "At your Thanksgiving dinner this year, the new health care law is bound to come up in conversation. You'll hear a lot of myths about the Affordable Care Act, and Working Americans want you to be prepared with the facts."
Keep in mind that the cheat sheet of Obamacare "Myths" versus "Facts" is not backed up with any references to support its arguments. However, it might have included a disclaimer of any responsibility in the event of injury or family estrangement. That said, welcome to a community organizers' dream Obamacare Thanksgiving, complete with graphics of the dish being served
With the broccoli, if Dad complained that the insurance he and mom relied upon was one of millions canceled because it didn't meet Obamacare requirements, then son could patiently explain why Dad's idea that Obama lied is a mere myth because the fact, according to the talking points is, Obama did not lie when he promised, "If you like your insurance you can keep it." According to the cheat sheet, "Health care companies, not President Obama, are responsible for plans being canceled." If Dad rejected the notion that the insurance companies were to blame, then the foolhardy son could fall back on comparing Dad's old insurance to "lead toys, bad meat and moldy produce."
If Grandmother voiced any concerns while eating her candied yams that "Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion," her grandchild should immediately claim no benefits would be cut. Next, the Obamacare defender should pivot to Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, described by Obama to a Texas teacher with a sexually vulgar expression, as "teabaggers," and claim it is they who would cut Medicare, not Obamacare.
If a sister dared mention her premiums had increased as a result of Obamacare, the answer appears to be to serve the cream potatoes while pointing out that it was she who was outside the norm because "the vast majority were expected to pay lower health insurance premiums." If Sis pointed out that "expected to pay lower" wasn't quite the reality she and her friends were experiencing, then the followup was to blame politicians who were blocking the new law in some states and states refusing to expand Medicaid.
The arguments continue right on up to serving the pumpkin pie, when it is time to shoot down "the myth," that "We can't afford Obamacare," by referencing a disputed Congressional Budget Office(CBO) prediction that Obamacare will cut the federal deficit. This is the same CBO which later admitted, "Obamacare will spend more, tax more, and reduce the deficit less than we previously thought."
The group that would ruin holiday dinners with "Turkey Talk," describes themselves as, "Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO." The AFL-CIO, is better known as the largest federation of unions in the United States, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. One of Working America's stated goals is to help members "get a chance to be heard in the political debate." The primary boast of their community organization includes helping "win the passage of the Affordable Care Act."
Now Democrats are advocating fighting for Obamacare at the expense of family unity and the joy of family holidays. If brawls on black Friday aren't enough, imagine the brawls at the dinner tables across America if the dish Obamacare defenders served up originated from Working America.