New White House ObamaCare strategy: Let’s talk about something other than ObamaCare

posted at 11:21 am on November 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Tough call for O. Does he try a big ObamaCare cheerleading offensive in order to counterprogram the horror stories about how stupid and hubristic his team was in building Healthcare.gov and how unhappy millions of consumers are to be losing their insurance? Or does he go silent on O-Care and start tossing out shiny objects willy nilly to the media in order to try to distract people? Choosing the first option would make him look disjointed from reality; choosing the second would make him look pathetic and desperate. Solution: Do a little of both and hope that the combo minimizes the fallout from each. And so, for the thousandth time in his presidency, he’s pivoting to jobs — and to amnesty and to the minimum wage, with a sprinkling of blather about the glories of health-care technocracy mixed in.

There’s actual news here too, beyond the easy opportunity to giggle at yet another half-assed, opportunistic Hopenchange “pivot.”

The president will headline a health-care event Monday with Obama re-election campaign supporters and another on Wednesday in Texas with volunteers who are helping consumers learn about and enroll” in the health-care program, according to the White House. On Tuesday, he will hold an event on immigration, followed by an economic event Friday at a port in New Orleans. The schedule will make Mr. Obama more visible than in recent weeks, which he has spent largely behind the scenes.

The White House is also preparing to announce several executive actions in December, including private-sector partnerships, aimed at jobs and economic growth, a senior administration official said. The actions, which are still being crafted, will focus on infrastructure and increasing workforce skills—a priority of business leaders Mr. Obama has been meeting with in recent weeks, the official said.

A push to raise the minimum wage is also under discussion in the West Wing, people familiar with the issue said. Mr. Obama urged Congress during his State of the Union address early this year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25 now, and index it to inflation. The proposal didn’t gain momentum…

The president’s senior aides had at one time planned for him to be holding events aimed at encouraging Americans to shop for insurance on the new federal health-care website, with stops in places with high numbers of uninsured people. But the problems plaguing the site have forced them to shift strategies.

If the website was working, the White House would be in “all ObamaCare all the time” mode right now — not (just) because they’d be eager for a victory lap but because time is of the essence in getting healthy uninsured middle-class people to enroll. The deadline to sign up is December 15th if you want your coverage to begin on January 1st; the whole reason they’re panicking over getting the site fixed ASAP is because they’re expecting/hoping for a huge crush of enrollments after Thanksgiving, as word spreads among the public about the deadline. That’s what they had hoped to do this month — have Obama sound the alarm nationally that 12/15 is D-Day if you want your coverage to begin soon. But he can’t do that when the website’s melting down because it’ll spark a thousand news stories about how unfair it is to ask people to sign up when there’s no easy way for them to do so. All of which is to say, there’s no earthly way he’d sacrifice valuable O-Care publicity time now, with just a month and a half left, to push pandering crapola like the minimum wage instead unless he has reason to believe that the website won’t be ready to handle enrollments in the next few weeks. What he’s telling you by changing the subject here is that he expects the site’s issues to persist until mid-November at the very, very earliest, which means he’ll have just one short month to put out the word about the deadline if he wants to avoid a nasty adverse selection problem among enrollees at the start of the New Year.

And yet, as one official said to the WSJ, “We are very aware of the fact that health care is going to overshadow November, and it’s probably going to overshadow December.” There’s only so far Obama can run away from this, in other words. Enough experts have told enough media outfits that the situation will be dire if the site isn’t fixed by the end of the month that alarms will start sounding in news bureaus in mid-November if progress hasn’t been made. The brief pivot to other stuff like jobs and amnesty is, I take it, a last chance for O before the ObamaCare DefCon level drops another notch to talk up issues that are popular with the public and which might buoy his job approval a bit before he’s forced to make some hard decisions about whether to delay part or all of the law until next year. It’s a small concession that things are about to get worse, not better. If you think Senate Democrats are nervous now, wait until Thanksgiving. Exit quotation: “Asked whether the White House’s credibility had been shot through this latest episode, one Democratic senator said: ‘You got to have it, to lose it.’”


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They know the website is toast…

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Pivot to jobs!

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

If this keeps up, squirrels may have to unionize.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Squirrel!!

EA_MAN on November 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The brief pivot to other stuff like jobs and amnesty is, I take it, a last chance for O before the ObamaCare DefCon level drops another notch to talk up issues that are popular with the public and which might buoy his job approval a bit before he’s forced to make some hard decisions about whether to delay part or all of the law until next year.

Uh huh. The problem there is a majority of Americans don’t want amnesty and the economy still sucks. It would be one thing if he had something positive he could pivot to, but when your Presidency is a colossal failure of this magnitude, you have nowhere left to turn.

Doughboy on November 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Pivot to jobs!

Bingo

LeftCoastRight on November 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

followed by an economic event Friday at a port in New Orleans.

Betcha Mary Landrieu or her little brother won’t be on the stage with him. Mary voted for Obamacare and still defends it. Too bad there will not be protesters out in force to remind the world of that fact.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

If this keeps up, squirrels may have to unionize.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I look forward to squirrels jumping sharks and vice versa.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Obamacare is bad. Really bad.

Pushing for a minimum wage hike is even worse.

22044 on November 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

(reposted from the headline post).

22044 on November 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

If this keeps up, squirrels may have to unionize.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

OK, I really am laughing out loud.

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Exit quotation: “Asked whether the White House’s credibility had been shot through this latest episode, one Democratic senator said: ‘You got to have it, to lose it.’

Zing!

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Says the devil himself.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Flawless Credibility.

Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Ok, if you don’t want to talk about ObamaCare, how about Benghazi? Fast & Furious? The IRS scandal? NSA spying? AP phone records scandal? Etc.

sadatoni on November 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Mr. Obama urged Congress during his State of the Union address early this year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour

‘Cause raising the MW always works.

If by “works” we mean “leads to unemployment especially among the unskilled” or “leads to inflationary pressures on pricing.”

LIV, however, will eat it up. Static analysis for all!

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Obama Doesn’t Mention Obamacare When Campaigning for McAuliffe

That’s how much obama’care’ and obama stink.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

…when your Presidency is a colossal failure of this magnitude, you have nowhere left to turn.

And yet, the lying marxist still got re-elected. Thank you low-info voters and plantation slaves.

HiJack on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

They’d better have a squirrel the size of Godzilla.

trigon on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Yet, Britt Hume “obama didn’t tell the truth”.

Why doesn’t he say “obama lied, better than Goebbels ever could”?

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

New Stragtegy = Magical Thinking

“If I don’t talk about it…It’s becomes another hyped up fiction invented by Republicans…” – Obama

workingclass artist on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

And so, for the thousandth time in his presidency, he’s pivoting to jobs

Why? The 999 previous pivots haven’t done jacksquat…..Except, that is, a further loss of jobs.

/moves.

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

And the GOP remain silent on vacation……….

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

the whole reason they’re panicking over getting the site fixed ASAP is because they’re expecting/hoping for a huge crush of enrollments after Thanksgiving, as word spreads among the public about the deadline.

Fortunately the weeks between Thanksgiving and the end of the year are usually quiet so that folks won’t be distracted by other stuff and will concentrate on listening to a totally corrupt and discredited bastard plug overly-expensive health insurance.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

…when your Presidency is a colossal failure of this magnitude, you have nowhere left to turn.

And yet, the lying marxist still got re-elected. Thank you low-info voters and plantation slaves.

HiJack on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Yep!

workingclass artist on November 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The schedule will make Mr. Obama more visible than in recent weeks, which he has spent largely behind the scenes hiding.

Herald of Woe on November 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Says the devil himself.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

That was a good read.

22044 on November 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Poor little squirrels.

neyney on November 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

And the GOP remain silent on vacation……….

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

IMO, the GOP is doing exactly what it should be doing at this point. Ted Cruz was shouted down by the surrender weasels when it came to taking action on Obamacare as part of the CR and debt ceiling talks (a strategic mistake IMO). But since the weasels won, the strategy now is to stand back and let the Dems twist in the wind. The Dems will ultimately have to call for some sort of delay or modification to Obamacare and the GOP should simply say “nope, we’re good.” That point will come when folks start getting canceled out of their good plans with no ability to even enroll in Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

LOL. Yes, “pivot” to amnesty, Barry. That’s a great idea. Then you can explain to Americans already steamed about O-Care that you’re going to legalize millions of illegal aliens so that they can either (1) overwhelm already over-burdened Medicaid and food stamp rolls; and/or (2) compete with Americans for scarce jobs, with the added bonus for the newly-legalized illegal that he or she isn’t subject to Obamacare and thus is significantly cheaper for the employer to hire than the American applicant.

AZCoyote on November 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

They’d better have a squirrel the size of Godzilla.

trigon on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

They do. She keeps pushing the “let’s move” program.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

The fear of the State Run Media trumps all….
Battle cry of the GOP: Don’t fight until we win!

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

They know the website is toast…

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

They also know it is far more than just the website that is fundamentally broken.

Even if a miracle happens, and the website starts working on or before the end of the month, there are so many more shoes to drop on this EpicClusterFark.

Beyond the lies about keeping one’s insurance plan, if they like it, there are the similar lies around keeping one’s doctor. Not only are the new plans far more restrictive around out of network coverage, but what about the primary care Doctor shortage?

Today, despite millions more being added to the coverage rolls via Obamacare, there aren’t enough Doctors. In NY State, there are enough Doctors to cover only 40% of the need. In Connecticut, this number is just 15% of the need being met.

Massachusetts, home of Romneycare, also has a shortage, to the point that it takes an average of 39 days to see a primary care Doc and 50 days to see a specialist.

All of these are going to get worse, not better, because Obamacare was designed on ideological grounds, not to fix the specific challenges that exist in the healthcare industry.

Athos on November 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

They’d better have a squirrel the size of Godzilla.

trigon on November 4, 2013 at 11:34 AMhttp://www.geekosystem.com/giantest-squirrel/

katy the mean old lady on November 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I think DefCon goes up, not down, as things get worse, as in, “We’re going to DefCon 5.” Am I right?

shrugged on November 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Screwed that up

http://www.geekosystem.com/giantest-squirrel/

katy the mean old lady on November 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I’m not so sure Obama is avoiding ObamaCare. I watched Sunday Night Football last night, and there was an ad repeated several times aimed at young athletes saying that if a person bent his/her knee in a direction it wasn’t meant to bend, they could get it fixed on Healthcare.gov.

If anyone took that advice, they would have found the website on its knees waiting for a fix from Dr. Sebelius…

Steve Z on November 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bill Clinton: Obama ‘luckier than a dog with two d—s’ to face Mitt Romney

The former President was stunned by the 2012 Republican nominee’s weakness as a candidate, according to journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s ‘Double Down: Game Change 2012.’ The campaign tell-all arrives Tuesday.

obama doesn’t possess a di*k, Billy C. Yet, the stupid Americans elected him anyway….because the di*kless Mitt let them.

Also, turns out that the Mitt team was/is more vicious and stupid than already assumed. The new book reveals much about how they lost, not how the eunuch kept the WH.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hey! He screwed up health care insurance. Time to screw up the economy (even more)! Then on to screwing up immigration!

The Screw-up-in-Chief will be on a roll!

GarandFan on November 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

President “Brave Sir Robin” is in full “run away!” mode…

More popcorn, please…

Khun Joe on November 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

They think the ObamaCare will start working, and people will be happy with the insurance they buy and the care they then get access to.

All three of those assumptions is wrong, I’ll bet.

MTF on November 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The lazy stupid coward was in Arlington yesterday campaigning with Terry McAuliffe. Neither mentioned Obamacare once even though that is the only concrete thing that McAuliffe has supported among his character attacks and vague warnings about threats to womens’ private parts.

I’m not so sure that McAuliffe will get the kind of bounce he thinks he will from campaigning with the rat-eared bastard. In the meantime the (white) Dem running for Lt. Gov. will not even shake the hand of the black Republican he is running against.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Athos on November 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

“Two in five physician practices are unsure about whether they will participate on the government-sponsored marketplaces known as exchanges, according to new research from the Medical Group Management Association…”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2013/10/07/40-percent-of-doctor-practices-unsure-about-obamacare-exchanges/

workingclass artist on November 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I watched Sunday Night Football last night, and there was an ad repeated several times aimed at young athletes saying that if a person bent his/her knee in a direction it wasn’t meant to bend, they could get it fixed on Healthcare.gov.

Steve Z on November 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Which is factually incorrect. Despite the name, Healthcare.gov is about health insurance and not health care. These are two entirely different things. Nevertheless, the stupid people who are being preyed on to fund this debacle probably think they merely have to go to Healthcare.gov and type in mangled knee to get connected with a doctor or something.

The jokes is on them when the “navigator” they are connected to tells them to put some ice on it and favor the other leg for a while.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Old GOP platitudes don’t work when dealing with the cult that surrounds Dear Leader…the WH is willing to trash a dying cancer patient for him…
What is the GOP willing to do? Let’s keep quiet and maybe this will go away?

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

When Barry starts talking about amnesty, somebody needs to ask him about the fiscal effects of making millions of low-income illegal aliens eligible for Obamacare subsidies.

Or, if he’s not advocating that amnestied illegals be eligible for O-Care, then Barry needs to explain to Americans why they should be competing for scarce jobs against newly-legalized illegals who aren’t subject to O-care and are thus substantially cheaper for employers to hire than American applicants.

Either way, the amnesty debate has to address O-Care.

AZCoyote on November 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yeah that’s going to work

gophergirl on November 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Bin Laden photos to be “leaked” in 3..2..1..

moo on November 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Ignore it will go away; ridicule it, it will be ignored and will go away. OK. Let us change the topic. How about Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, and the other unanswered questions?

DAT60A3 on November 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Why don’t they want to talk about it? After all, it’s all good news!

This is painfully funny to read now…

Kruggerboy from September 8

You see, all the recent news on health costs has been good. So Mr. Barrasso is predicting sticker shock precisely when serious fears of such a shock are fading fast. Why would he do that?

Well, one likely answer is that he hasn’t heard any of the good news. Think about it: Who would tell him?

My guess, in other words, was that Mr. Barrasso was inadvertently illustrating the widening “wonk gap” — the G.O.P.’s near-complete lack of expertise on anything substantive. Health care is the most prominent example, but the dumbing down extends across the spectrum, from budget issues to national security to poll analysis. Remember, Mitt Romney and much of his party went into Election Day expecting victory.

About health reform: Mr. Barrasso was wrong about everything, even the “unpopular” bit, as I’ll explain in a minute. Mainly, however, he was completely missing the story on affordability.

For the truth is that the good news on costs just keeps coming in. There has been a striking slowdown in overall health costs since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, with many experts giving the law at least partial credit. And we now have a good idea what insurance premiums will be once the law goes fully into effect; a comprehensive survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that on average premiums will be significantly lower than those predicted by the Congressional Budget Office when the law was passed.

But do Republican politicians know any of this? Not if they’re listening to conservative “experts,” who have been offering a steady stream of misinformation. All those claims about sticker shock, for example, come from obviously misleading comparisons. For example, supposed experts compare average insurance rates under the new system, which will cover everyone, with the rates currently paid by a handful of young, healthy people for bare-bones insurance. And they conveniently ignore the subsidies many Americans will receive.

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

‘Old news’.

Kissmygrits on November 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Old GOP platitudes don’t work when dealing with the cult that surrounds Dear Leader…the WH is willing to trash a dying cancer patient for him…
What is the GOP willing to do? Let’s keep quiet and maybe this will go away?

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Sit back and let them dig their own grave. Look at what they’re resorting to. Insinuating that millions of Americans were too dumb to realize they were apparently shelling out for lousy insurance. Attacking the integrity and credibility of a woman with Stage 4 cancer. Lying about how the only problem with Obamacare is the website. Please let them continue down this path. At the rate we’re going, someone in the Democrat/media complex is going to have an epic meltdown on live TV.

Doughboy on November 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Bend the private sector over with Obamacare, mandate a new minimum wage–transformation of America complete. Promise kept!

hillsoftx on November 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

At this point what can he say other than: “You f***ed up; you trusted us.”

PackerBronco on November 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

The jokes is on them when the “navigator” they are connected to tells them to put some ice on it and favor the other leg for a while.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Or the navigator tells them that their low income means they’re qualified for Medicaid. They happily sign up, only to find out that there are no doctors in their area who are willing to accept new Medicaid patients (due to the ludicrously low government reimbursement rate).

Now they’re in the same position they were before, except that they’ve wasted days trying to log on to healthcare.gov, and then more days fruitlessly calling doctor’s offices trying to find one who will accept a new Medicaid patient.

AZCoyote on November 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

If this keeps up, squirrels may have to unionize.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

lol

winner!!!!

cmsinaz on November 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

ObamaCare DefCon level drops another notch…

This whole debacle just wouldn’t be the same without AP snark. LOL

Grace_is_sufficient on November 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Obama’s new message to elected Dims ” If you like your seat, you can keep your seat” or as DiFi says ” which is true until the next election”.

rik on November 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

SquirrelNado

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

they’re expecting/hoping for a huge crush of enrollments after Thanksgiving, as word spreads among the public about the deadline.

I hope they get their way. Nothing will be more damaging than to let folks see their costs and deductibles increasing just when they’re spending money for Christmas presents for the kids.

BacaDog on November 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

If this keeps up, squirrels may have to unionize.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

SquirrelNado

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

HA!

workingclass artist on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Obama administration officials when asked about Obamacare for the next several months:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmzsWxPLIOo

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Obama’s new message to elected Dims ” If you like your seat, you can keep your seat” or as DiFi says ” which is true until the next election”.

rik on November 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

If you nuke that fridge…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbrzQMbTYZM

workingclass artist on November 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

What we need now is to legalize–not even extend citizenship to–a lot of illegal immigrants so that they can enroll in Medicaid or get Obamacare subsidies and bury us faster.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

“Al Qaeda is on the run, and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

“Asked whether the White House’s credibility had been shot through this latest episode, one Democratic senator said: ‘You got to have it, to lose it.’”

Gold. And from a Democrat no less.

RebeccaH on November 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

A push to raise the minimum wage is also under discussion in the West Wing, people familiar with the issue said. Mr. Obama urged Congress during his State of the Union address early this year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25 now, and index it to inflation.

Obama to young medium- to low-skilled people who hasn’t yet left the labor market: Bend over. Here it comes again.

Socratease on November 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

You may wish to keep your eyes open for another “victory” in the GWOT (banned term). Maybe a drone strike hitting an HVT. Or maybe leaked reports of a previously thwarted attack.

freedomfirst on November 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

A push to raise the minimum wage is also under discussion in the West Wing, people familiar with the issue said. Mr. Obama urged Congress during his State of the Union address early this year to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25 now, and index it to inflation.

The Employment-Population Ratio peaked at 64.7% in April 2000. That was the peak of the Dot Com bubble, but then the bubble burst and a lot of jobs were lost. By August 2001, the ratio was down to 63.2%.

Then the September 11, 2001 attacks came, and the economy took another hit. An economic double-whammy.

The second part of the Bush Tax Cuts, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, was signed by President Bush on May 28, 2003. The Employment-Population Ratio that month (May 2003) was 62.3%. While we were still losing jobs at that point, the low point came four months later, in September 2003, at 62.0%.

Then, the effects of the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts started to kick in, and both employment and revenues rose (that’s right, tax rates went down, but tax revenues went up) each year until the Democrats took majority control of the House and Senate.

Yes, the Bush Tax Cuts helped turn the economy around, and by December 2006, just over three and a half years since the passage of the second part of the Bush Tax Cuts, the Employment-Population Ratio was back up to 63.4%. (And FY 2007 revenues were a whopping 44% larger than FY 2003 revenues! LOWER tax rates led to significantly HIGHER revenues… tell that to any “progressive” who thinks that the Bush Tax Cuts “cost” us money!)

On January 3, 2007, then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, and Kerry, along with Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, etc. and new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, took majority control of the Senate and House.

Two days later, on January 5, 2007, the new Democrat majority introduced a bill to raise the minimum wage three times in three years.

That bill was eventually passed as a rider to troop funding (the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007), and the minimum wage was raised three times in three years, from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour (a more than 40% increase in 3 years).

1) Up $0.70 to $5.85 per hour on 2007-07-24,
2) up $0.70 to $6.55 per hour on 2008-07-24,
3) up $0.70 to $7.25 per hour on 2009-07-24.

And the Employment-Population Ratio dropped to:

62.9% in July 2007,
62.2% in July 2008,
59.3% in July 2009,

and has been
At or BELOW 58.7% for OVER FOUR YEARS (since September 2009).

The economy was in good shape when the Democrats (including then-Senator Obama) took majority control on January 3, 2007.

The economy tanked under Democrat majority control.

There has been NO RECOVERY in employment under Obama.

Now they want to raise the minimum wage by $1.75 to $9.00 per hour … a more than 24% increase, or a nearly 75% increase from where it was when employment-population ratio was 63.4%.

I don’t think the Republicans in the House will pass that, but if the Dems manage to push this through somehow, you can bet that the Employment-Population Ratio will drop even further, and teens will be hit especially hard.

NOTE WELL that the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts turned the economy around, increasing both employment and revenues.

NOTE WELL that the January 2007 shift in the balance of power (from Republican to Democrat) brought the recovery to an abrubt halt, then led to a steep recession and over 4 years of stagnation.

If they raise the minimum wage again, the employment-population ratio will sink even lower than where it is now, and tax revenues will decrease as well.

ITguy on November 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

At this point what can he say other than: “You f***ed up; you trusted us.”

PackerBronco on November 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Ah, the “Animal House” defense. I like. Especially after the “Blazing Saddles” he’s give this country. (I think they whooped a number 6 on us).
Then there’s always plan “Holy Grail”: …”Run away! Run away!”

onomo on November 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

All of which is to say, there’s no earthly way he’d sacrifice valuable O-Care publicity time now, with just a month and a half left, to push pandering crapola like the minimum wage instead unless he has reason to believe that the website won’t be ready to handle enrollments in the next few weeks. What he’s telling you by changing the subject here is that he expects the site’s issues to persist until mid-November at the very, very earliest, which means he’ll have just one short month to put out the word about the deadline if he wants to avoid a nasty adverse selection problem among enrollees at the start of the New Year.

This’ll be the “canary in the coal mine”, so to speak. If we start getting deluged with “the system’s going to be up by the end of November, so get ready to sign up!” then the “tech surge” will be doing its job. If the spin is “they’re working as hard as they can; we’ll have it up shortly!” but there is nothing more specific than that, then we’ll know that they’re going to miss their deadline.

I think the middle of November is drop-dead, too.

11/15: Set Schadenboners to “Enlarge!”

nukemhill on November 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Fortunately the weeks between Thanksgiving and the end of the year are usually quiet so that folks won’t be distracted by other stuff and will concentrate on listening to a totally corrupt and discredited bastard plug overly-expensive health insurance.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

LOL! Damn, I wish I hadn’t gulped some coffee before reading that!

Maddie on November 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

They have been told the website can’t be fixed by the end of November, that’s why this pivot to jobs and going back on campaign, the only thing Obama is good at.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

11/15: Set Schadenboners to “Enlarge!”

nukemhill on November 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

That is so not fair. I laughed so loud at my desk, the guys in the paddy-wagon are going to be coming up soon. (Does ObambiCare cover mental health??) LOL

Grace_is_sufficient on November 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

They have been told the website can’t be fixed by the end of November, that’s why this pivot to jobs and going back on campaign, the only thing Obama is good at.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Exactly.

The part of the web site that was easy to fix has essentially been fixed by 3 guys.

But all of the hard things to fix remain.

The Health Sherpa merely improves ONE of the MANY problems with Obamacare. It does a better job of presenting a subset of the data (27 & 50 year-olds only, for only 34 states, without any of the subsidy info).

But it doesn’t solve the issues with Obamacare itself (a huge redistributive tax) nor with the data integration, data integrity & data security issues that are still very much a problem at Healthcare.gov. Those problems are not going away, and in my opinion there is no way that they will make all of the pieces work together well and securely in the next six months.

The only way to “fix” the problems with Obamacare is to FULLY REPEAL IT.

ITguy on November 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM

What is an outside expert’s opinion of when the website is getting fixed?

Flapjackmaka on November 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Obama should pivot from being an unethical, dishonest con-man to being a somewhat respectable human being.

OxyCon on November 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Pivot to jobs!

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Yeah — jobs for ILLEGAL ALIENS.

fred5678 on November 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Yeah, let’s talk about something else…

Akzed on November 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM

From the last article linked:

At a private meeting last week between Senate Democrats and senior administration officials, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough reiterated that message: The law is fundamentally sound and the administration is working overtime to fix the problems, attendees said.

John McCain, September 2008:

John McCain spent Monday claiming as he had countless times before — that the economy was fundamentally sound. Had he missed the collapse of Lehman Brothers or the sale of Merrill Lynch, which were announced the day before? Did he not notice the agonies of the American International Group? Was he unaware of the impending layoffs of tens of thousands of Wall Street employees on top of the growing numbers of unemployed workers throughout the United States?

AesopFan on November 5, 2013 at 12:14 AM