During a tough interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News Channel, Patricia Ireland speaking on behalf of the National Organization for Women (NOW) sought to justify NOW’s labeling of the Little Sisters of the Poor as part of the “Dirty 100” in light of the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) Supreme Court ruling.
Ireland deflected the denigration of the Catholic nuns as being like the “Dirty Dozen” with other corporations, presumably for fundraising efforts. But Kelly does not let her off than easily, suggesting that the nuns be considered “Groups with whom we disagree”.
The former NOW President kept insisting that the Little Sisters could “opt out” of the Obamacare contraception mandate. Except the alleged work around forces the Sisters to sign the Form 700 document permitting others to provide the abortifacients which are anathematic to their faith.
Ireland offered patronizing lip service to the nuns’ living their faith and helping the indigent infirmed. But what she does not realize is that if the Little Sisters of the Poor are eventually forced to pay for such unwanted services ordered by former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius then they will move out rather than contravene their consciences.
Ireland insisted that I.U.D.s, which is one of the abortifacients in question, does not kill eggs in the uterus. Well, that’s not quite true. Generally, inter-uterine devices act as spermicide to prevent fertilization but copper I.U.D.s are touted as an emergency contraceptive for five days after intercourse. Most sperm dies within two days after ejaculation (even in the uterus), thus the emergency contraceptive quality of such I.U.Ds intimates that it prevents the implantation of the blastocyst thereby killing a fertilized egg.
Ireland incorrectly asserted that the Supreme Court had ruled on the “opt-out” provision. Hobby Lobby covered closely held corporations with conscience objections but Obamacare opt-outs for non-profits has not been decided yet (although SCOTUS has offered a unanimous injunction pending appeal on January 24th, 2014).
Ireland’s fatal rhetorical faux pas was her bon mot that Supreme Court decisions do not affect the reality. The hostess of the Kelly Files jumped in and asked if Roe v. Wade affected the reality. T o borrow an oft uttered Ireland phrase from the interview “Bless her heart.”
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|[L] Ann McElhinney and [R] Phelim McAleer|
“The reason why they don’t do this one is not because the evil is so grotesque. It’s that it’s too close to a moral choice they’ve made. That’s what it’s about. It’s not that like, ah it’s so hard to do something on this man who butchered babies. It’s because it’s too close to the pro-choice mindset.”
What a way to win friends and influence people! President Obama is such a leader that he can denigrate and punish his political enemies in a charming slight. Hope that he does not need opposition support to legally enact any legislative initiatives during the remainder of his term.
However, when the golden propaganda is not laden on the serving of public policy, it calls into question what really is the stinkburger.
For example, the Obama Administration is content that 7.2 million people enrolled in Obamacare. But there are two problems with relying upon those statistics. Simply because one started an application does not mean that one will enroll. This is why the deadline has been extra-legally pushed backto April 15th if you say that you tried signing up before March 31st. How apt!
Yet one is not actually enrolled until your first month’s premium is cashed and 20% of those supposedly signed up are eloping from their efforts at Healthcare.gov. Then there is the nasty reality coming from a Rand Corporation report that only 23% of Obamacare enrollees previously had no insurance (or 858,298 people). Moreover, only 53% of previously uninsured individuals have paid for their insurance.
The real question are ratios of Obamacare signees, about which the Obama Administration is less than forthcoming, unlike the website log-ins. As of January, only 24% of Obamacare enrollees were “young invincibles” between the age 26-34, well below the 40% considered necessary to make the system initially sustainable. There is also a question about Medicare sign ups, who will receive heavily subsidized coverage. In the first month of Obamacare open enrollment, 10% of the enrollees were Medicare clients.
These ratio questions will be of paramount importance as insurance premiums for the second year are calculated. If there are too many heavily subsidized participants, or not enough young invincibles to compensate for older Obamacare enrollees who need more costly medical care, then insurance rates will skyrocket. However, the Obama Administration has given itself a delay in reporting 2015 premium increases until after the mid-term elections. Is this a coincidence or more politically convenient?
Radio personality Chris Salcedo has long resorted to calling Resident Obama’s (sic) Obamacare initiative as a crap sandwich. After the gild of Obamacare propaganda is picked away, there is little doubt who is serving up the real stinkburger.
h/t: A.F. Branco
Last month, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a fundraising letter for the Florida 13th Congressional Special Election to support their candidate Alex Sink. This Congressional race, where Democrats outspent Republicans on television by a 4 to 1 margin, centered on the Affordable Care Act. Sink promised to reform Obamacare whereas Tea Party inspired Republican challenger David Jolly (R-FL 13th) advocated outright overturning Obamacare.
After Jolly won the Special Election, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) had some fun doing red pen edits on this DCCC messaging missive.
Democrats could not stop spinning the Sink hole. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd) sounded like Baghdad Bob in her spin control for the loss on the race.
|[L] DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd) [R] Baghdad Bob|
Undoubtedly, Democrats will follow an Alinskyite approach to campaigning, demonizing an archtypical opponent, be it the Koch Brothers or House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH 8th). But even after ad hominen attacks and class warfare campaigns, Democrats will need a positive message. The minimum wage hike is more of a minor wedge issue which pays off its union support (by raising pay scales for all unionized employees) but it will need an overarching issue.
After the results from the Florida 13 Special Election, it will be interesting if they double down and remain all in by running on Obamacare elsewhere. It could be, as national Democrats are encouraging Ms. Sink to run again against Jolly in the November General Election. Maybe that is a hangover from Sink’s jolly concession speech.
New Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon obsequiously interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama, to talk up her pet project “Let’s Move” as well as to nudge Americans on Obamacare.
Michelle Obama endeared herself to the youths of America by calling them “knuckleheads”.
This is a different marketing strategy than the Obama Administration employed over Christmastide with Pajama-Boy hectoring his family to talk about health care while drinking cocoa around the Christmas Tree.
Aside from the glitchy $600+ million Healthcare.gov website, is it any wonder why Obamacare is having such a rough roll-out with such misguided marketing?
h/t: Michael Ramirez