Ranking Democrat says Americans don’t support Obamacare because they don’t understand it

House Democrats are trying to claim once again that Americans are rejecting their signature health care reform bill because they don’t understand it.

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast yesterday morning, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-San Fransisco) right-hand man Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) blamed Democrats for not clearly explaining what a live-saver Obamacare will be when the individual mandate kicks in.

“First of all, all of us who are supporters of the legislation should have done a better job of explaining its benefits, and we need to continue to make very clear what the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are,” Van Hollen said according to The Washington Examiner’s “Washington Whisper”s column.

Democrats now realize Leader Pelosi’s strategy of passing the bill so Americans can find out what’s in it “away from the fog of controversy” didn’t work out as well as planned for the Democratic Party, which lost its majority in Congress soon after.

Likewise, Van Hollen must think the $1 million advertising blitz by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the $700,000 CMS ad shot by Andy Griffith that ran on CNN, The Weather Channel, Hallmark and Lifetime just didn’t get the job done.

Nor did the numerous health care town halls held by Democrats in their congressional districts or the nationwide campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden just after the bill passed in the summer of 2010.

And let’s not forget the multimillion dollar buy funded by Obama allies in the fall of 2010 to “educate” the public on the benefits of the health care reform bill.

Apparently none of those campaigns were enough to  buy shift public opinion on healthcare reform.

Two years after the passage of the Democrats’ health reform law Americans are still split on their support for law. With as much media attention the law has received throughout the last two years, it’s highly unlikely Americans who still don’t support the bill don’t understand it’s so-called benefits. It’s more likely those Americans don’t support the law because it goes against their free-market principles.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Marc Marple says:

    Depending on yourself to make the decisions can really be upsetting and frustrating. It takes years to build confidence. Its not the sort of thing that simply just happens.

The Daily Show on 'mixed marriages'

The Daily Show has braved one of the great dilemmas of our politicized generation: dating outside your political party.

The Daily Show defends 'manspreading'

“Manspreading”: The defining male rights movement of our generation!

Nancy Grace battles Dr. Drew on pot

Oh, Nancy. Just weeks after gracing the internet with her marijuana debate with 2 Chainz, she's served up another delightful bit of TV: her appalled reaction to discovering that fellow HLN star Dr. Drew is on the 2 Chainz side of this argument.

Stewart: 'Drones love Obama'
Jon Stewart couldn’t stop laughing about the drone found at the White House early Monday morning. A small drone crashed on the White House lawn around 3 a.m. and after several hours in lockdown, Secret Service determined that it did not pose a threat. “Of course it didn’t pose a threat. Drones love Obama. He’s like a one […]
Jonathan Gruber raps to MIT students

If you’ve been dying to see Jonathan Gruber, who credited the “stupidity of the American voter” with passing Obamacare, strip down to his undershirt and rap about economics, today is your lucky day!

White House

Biden: ‘The past six years have been really, really hard for this country,’ ‘tough for our party’

Vice President Joe Biden has a lot of singular qualities—he kills it with the ladies, for example, and is always down for a good ball joke.

HuffPo blogger Obama tells Dems to ‘Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post’
President Obama offered some pretty ironic advice at the House Democrats annual retreat Thursday. According to The Hill, Obama told his fellow Democrats to hold their fire while the administration works on trade deals that several liberal lawmakers have expressed opposition to. “Keep your powder dry,” he said. How did he suggest doing that? “Get […]
White House: Scrapped 529 plan will still be in budget because it has already been sent to the printers
That awkward moment when even the President of the United States can’t get a print shop to make a small change for him… Just one day after the White House announced that it had caved to political pressure and would not be taxing the 529 college savings plan,  officials also had to admit that this […]
VP Biden appears on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to get ask young people to sign up for Obamacare
With three weeks to go until the Obamacare deadline to purchase insurance, the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to encourage young people to sign up.  The renewed push included a stop by Vice President Joe Biden on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday so he could appeal to moms who are good at […]
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat. The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials […]

Congress

Dems escort reporters to bathroom at retreat
Why do Democrats always want to escort reporters to the restroom? Or at least it sure seems that way. The latest incident comes from the House Democrats annual retreat where Politico reports that reporters were required to have a staff members escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby during Vice President Joe Biden’s […]
Rubio wants permanent NSA spying law

For Senator Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) reauthorizing government spying isn't quite enough--he wants to permanently enshrine it in law.

Cornyn to Lynch:'You're not Eric Holder, are you?'
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) bluntly asked the only question that seemed to be on every Republican’s mind Wednesday at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing to be the next attorney general. “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” Cornyn asked. “No, I’m not,” Lynch replied. “I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch [if confirmed.]“   Cornyn said […]
Cruz bill would punish IRS targeting with jailtime

Ted Cruz wants IRS employees guilty of targeting to be the ones forking over their money, this time -- and that's at the very least.