What EVERYONE Will Be Talking About at Thanksgiving Dinner
by Amy Payne, Heritage Foundation November 26, 2013
Have you seen them? The guides for how to talk to your family about Obamacare over the holidays.
That’s right—Organizing for America (OFA), President Obama’s campaign group, has a big push called “Health Care for the Holidays” that urges people to “have the talk” with their loved ones about getting health insurance. The Washington Post also published a “Guide to Surviving Obamacare Debates at Thanksgiving.”
Obama’s group encourages you to “Integrate the talk into family time: Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.”
It goes on: “Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!”
The OFA website features images of Christmas wreaths alongside pills, snowflakes beside a Band-Aid, and a doctor’s kit next to some turkey legs. Yep, these go together like…your health care and government control.
Thanks to Obamacare’s disastrous rollout and sinking polls, the activist group is desperate to have people tell their family members happy thoughts about the new regime:
- “You get to choose the plan that’s right for you.”
- Fact: Obamacare’s new exchanges actually offer very limited choice.
- “You can find a plan that fits your budget.”
- Fact: Premiums will be more expensive for health insurance exchange shoppers in at least 42 states. See your state here.
The Washington Post’s guide gives possible examples of different family members and their concerns. For the relative who insists everything would be working better if we had gone straight to a single-payer, completely government-administered system, the Post’s Sarah Kliffnotes that “we do at least have some evidence that building a government-run insurance system isn’t exactly an easy lift.”
Right. And for that brother who has insurance through his workplace—should he be worried? Kliff says no: “We’re really not seeing much in the way of employers dropping workers into the marketplaces.” But Obamacare dramatically changes the incentives for employers offering health coverage, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that 7 million people with employer-sponsored coverage will lose it due to Obamacare.
Kliff sums it up pretty well when she writes, “This is probably the most obvious question to come up on Thursday: How busted is this law?”
It’s very, very busted. That’s why Congress should start over and implement health care reforms that are patient-centered and market-based—the opposite of Obamacare.
In the meantime, we agree with OFA that your Thanksgiving greetings can be creative and memorable. So check out our Thanksgiving e-cards and send one to a friend.
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