Dear MoveOn member,
The past three weeks have been a political nightmare for the Affordable Care Act. And, of course, for Americans who expected their government to actually govern, but other than that, well, okay, so Obama lied about keeping your plans, but we can parse that. After all, we got our start covering for Bill Clinton's lies about Monica Lewinsky, and unless Obama managed to etch his promises into a blue dress with his own bodily fluids, we can brazen this out, too.
A botched website rollout and the media's refusal to cover the stories of the millions of Americans who have already benefited from Obamacare have left the president weakened, Democrats scared, and Republicans emboldened to keep pushing their radical health-care-defunding agenda. Well, according to all of the available stats, only a few hundred thousand actually signed up, while millions lost their insurance, but we're counting those millions of people who lost their insurance as somehow having "benefited" from this debacle, we just haven't figured out how, yet, but we're working on it.
But we can't go back-we won't go back-to the bad ol' days before comprehensive health care reform. Because the thought of having healthcare for 90% of Americans, without a dysfunctional website selling hyperexpensive policies that are worse than what they replaced, while businesses cut back on full-time employment or coverage en masse, is just too horrible to contemplate. No, we want to look forward to unafordable premiums for coverage that you didn't know that you needed (you didn't know that men could need maternity care? Don't you know that gender is just a construct?) or wanted until we told you that you did.
Thankfully, we know what it'll take to turn this political moment around: We're launching a big campaign calling on the media to start giving balanced coverage- (which would mean even more stories about how badly Obamacare has crashed an burned, because right now, the media is doing everything that it can to minimize the damage, as a good palace guard should)
and demanding that Congress stand strong for health care reform, because their constituents depend on it. Yeah, that's the ticket. Demanding that the congressional Democrats who are running as far away from this atrocity as they can stop and take responsibility for the greatest government failure since Prohibition is a sure winner.
If we're going to change the narrative, though, we've got to start flooding the Internet and the newsrooms with real-world (or fake, it doesn't matter)
stories from people whose lives are already better because of the Affordable Care Act. That's the only way the media is every going to pay attention. Note, we don't want to change the facts, just the narrative. And good luck finding anyone whose life has been made better by Obamacare. We know that you can find, oh, about 5 million people whose lives just got worse, but better? That's a head scratcher. Just do what you can...
Can you share your story (or that of a family member) today? And if you can't do that, make one up. We own the media, and we can promise that they won't look too closely.
The HealthCare.gov website rollout was just the latest piece in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act-Americans have actually been benefiting from the law since 2010. But that's a fact you wouldn't know if you only listened to mainstream media. Or if, you know, you have a brain. Because nobody has been benefitting from this travesty, and even our lickspittle media can't hide it.
Here are just some of the ways you may have benefited already:
If you have a child with a pre-existing condition-as of September 2010, health insurance companies can no longer deny your child coverage because of that condition, and as of next year, this rule will apply to Americans of all ages. Not that insurance companies denied care to kids. That was Harry Reid, during the shutdown, but enough about that. Kids now can't be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. They will lose their coverage as their parents do, again, by the millions, but that's okay, because... Well, we'll come up with something.
If you've had a donut hole in your prescription drug coverage-thanks to Obamacare, you may be one of an estimated 4 million seniors with Medicare who will soon be able to cover the full costs of your prescriptions. I believe that we called that Medicare part D, which was Bush's initiative. But if we can blame him for stuff that Obama screwed up, why not take credit for what he accomplished, too?
If you're recently out of college and struggling to find employer-based coverage in the sluggish economy-you can now opt to stay on your parents' plan until you're 26 years old. If your parents still have a plan, which is doubtful, but why let that get in the way of a wonderful talking point? And, BTW, because you are still on your parents' plan, that means that you won't be buying insurance on the exchanges, so that the overall pool will be skewed towards older, unhealthier people, who will drive up costs exponentially. But don't worry, when they are driving up the costs of medical services, you'll end up getting rationed care, just like everyone else. Equality of misery! Feel better yet?
If you received an unexpected rebate from your insurance company-that's because the ACA stops insurers from keeping exorbitant profits instead of paying out significant claims. And just how many of those have gone out? Well...? .....Still waiting....
If you live in one of the 25 states expanding Medicaid-you may be one of the 400,000 Americans who've already benefited from their new eligibility for free health care As opposed to one of the 5+ million that just lost it. And if you lost it and ended up on Medicare, and you think that it sucks compared to your own plan, well, we're still going to call it a success, because if you had a substandard plan, you clearly didn't know how badly off you were. We think that you're kind of an idiot that way, which is why you need us to tell you how good things are right now.
MoveOn members fought long and hard for health care reform because we knew it would improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans. And it would rape hundreds of millions, but math has never been our strong suit.
Democrats have had a hard time thus far explaining just how beneficial the new law is, but we don't plan on letting a PR mishap derail the most significant investment in our country's social safety net in generations. Yeah, that's all that this is, a PR mishap. After this, we're going to see if we can sell return trip tickets for the Titanic. That was just a PR mishap, too.
If you've benefited from Obamacare, or know someone who has-share your story today:
http://www.moveon.org/myobamacaresto...74-WmkvHIx&t=3 If, OTOH, you are one of the millions of people who Obamacare has screwed over more thoroughly than a $2 hooker in a mining camp, you'd best keep that to yourself. We still own the IRS, and if you think things are bad now, just try making those increased payments for premiums after an audit of your taxes going back to when you were in utero. Do we understand each other? Good, because it would be a shame if something were to happen to the rest of your insurance coverage or income. Capische?
Together, we'll make sure the media starts paying attention. Together, we will make sure that the media stops paying attention. Oooh, look, the Obamas have a new puppy! No! Don't look at the woman who's beaten stage four cancer and lost her insurance! Look at the puppy! Puppy! Damn it! Look at the F***ing dog, you idiot!
Thanks for all you do. Really. This would be impossible without a dedicated gang of Kool-aid mainlining progressive lunatics who actually believe this bilge. We appreciate your efforts. In fact, when all this is over, why don't you come up to see the Obamas at Martha's Vineyard next summer? They'll be glad to see you. No, seriously. They love you guys. They were just telling us the other day how much you mean to them. That's why they passed Obamacare, just for you. No, they passed it for you. Okay, now that's just rude... there's no call for that kind of language. Save it for the Republicans.
-Mark, Alejandro, Rosy, Victoria, and the rest of the team We'll see you at the Vineyard. Just wave when you get past security. Of course there's security. The Obama's will be there. Just show them your ID and they'll let you in. No, showing ID to see Obama isn't racist. Showing ID to vote for Obama is racist, especially if it's the third or fourth time that you've voted that day.
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