White House to skip big PR push for ObamaCare enrollment in December — for fear that traffic will overwhelm the website

posted at 12:01 pm on November 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

A month ago, the goal was to have Healthcare.gov working in time for the anticipated post-Thanksgiving crush of enrollments before the December 15th deadline. A month later, here’s how Sebelius defines “working”:

[A]dministration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov.

With a self-imposed deadline for repairs to the website approaching on Saturday, the administration is trying to strike a delicate balance. It is encouraging people to go or return to the website but does not want to create too much demand. It boasts that the website is vastly improved, but does not want to raise expectations that it will work for everyone.

“We are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday. “That was our commitment.”

In an alternate universe where the website worked fine on day one, Obama’s spent the past eight weeks chatting with any media outlet that’ll have him to encourage people — especially young people — to sign up. In that universe, mid-November to mid-December is when the White House PR machine goes into overdrive to convince holdouts to beat the deadline and make sure they’re covered on January 1st. The more “young healthies” enroll, the more sustainable the program is and the rosier the expectations are that insurers won’t have to raise premiums in 2015 to cover any losses. And of course, the closer the White House gets to its enrollment target, the more I-told-you-so’s there are at the GOP’s expense.

In this universe, not only hasn’t Obama done any sustained media tours to promote enrollment while the website is in limbo, he’s actually abandoning the big home-stretch overdrive push because, even now, it just can’t handle the load. Imagine how “fragile” it must be, to borrow the Times’s word, for the White House to decide that the prudent thing to do when they’re desperate for more sign-ups is not to encourage people too much lest Healthcare.gov crash again and the resulting bad press scares people off for good. Ezra Klein claimed yesterday that, even though O-Care will now almost certainly miss its target of seven million enrollments next year, that’s no biggie; it’s the mix of enrollments, young/healthy versus poor/sick, that will determine if the program can go forward. And that’s true, sort of: If you’re building a boat, it’s more important to build one that can float than to build one that’s really big. In this case, though, those two features aren’t independent. If the White House falls way short of its target number, it’ll likely be because too few “young healthies” are enrolling, not too few poor and sick. They may very well hit their target for the latter group but badly miss the former. That boat won’t float. And now here’s the White House admitting, due to its technological self-sabotage, that it can’t take aggressive action to minimize the risk of missing its young/healthy target next month. If I were a Democrat whose seat is up next year, the “significantly different user experience” Sebelius is promising next week wouldn’t suffice.

Meanwhile, how’s all of this playing with the public? CNN has a poll out this morning that’s only mostly, not entirely, bad news for ObamaCare. Fifty-eight percent oppose the law, nearly 40 percent have already decided that it’s a failure, and 45 percent think its problems are too profound to be fixed. But there’s an important footnote on the support/oppose question. Here’s what you get when you ask people whether they favor the law, oppose it because it’s too liberal, or oppose it because it’s not liberal enough (the fourth row represents “don’t know” and the fifth is the margin of error for the subsample):

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In every category except whites, a majority either supports the law as-is or wishes it were more liberal. (Among O’s 18-34 fan base, that majority is 60 percent.) I wish CNN had added some historical data so that we could see the trend on that. It stands to reason that the more headaches O-Care creates for Obama, the more we’ll see Democrats peeling out of the “favor” column and landing in the “not liberal enough” one. Has that phenomenon already begun? Only the historical numbers can tell us. On the other hand, maybe we shouldn’t read too much into the “not liberal enough” metric. Here’s more data from the same Q&A as above:

toolib2

Thirteen percent of Republicans and 15 percent of self-identified conservatives wish ObamaCare was more liberal than it is? That seems … unlikely. But maybe not impossible: Medicare consistently polls well even among GOP voters, which is why lefties increasingly eschew terms like “single-payer” (or, lord knows, “socialized medicine”) in describing their health-care ambitions and choose ones like “Medicare for all” instead. Maybe some segment of Republicans/conservatives thinks Medicare for everyone would be nifty. Or maybe they have something totally different in mind about what it would mean to make O-Care “more liberal.” But what?

Needless to say, as any good liberal will be quick to remind you, all of the numbers above are dynamic. If the website starts working, some of the people who are convinced that the law’s a failure and its problems can’t be solved will quickly become unconvinced. But of course, that works both ways: The more stories the public hears about the site not working, about coverage being dropped, about provider networks shrinking, and about premiums skyrocketing — and they’ll hear plenty more next year once small-business coverage is in the mix — the more sour those numbers could become. Which way are you betting? Exit quotation: “So the unavoidable truth is that Obamacare will hurt millions of Americans; the only question is how many.”


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the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I hate Progressives/socialists/Liberals because they rammed this down our throats and absolutely refuse to consider repeal in spite of the fact that a growing majority loathes the legislation. They just dint care what We the People think. They want to rule over us, bit govern wisely.

Obama delenda est!

Charlemagne on November 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

A]dministration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign

And here I thought “marketing” was for private sector businessess to increase revenue. Silly me.

NOMOBO on November 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I’m so sick of these Tea ba@@ers interfering with my free health care!

/

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Stay focused.

The law, not the website, is the problem.

Obama & the Democrats screwed with people’s families, money, & health.

22044 on November 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“We are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday. “That was our commitment.”

They removed the picture of that woman and replaced it with some icons. That’s the different experience.

freedomfirst on November 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Which way are you betting?

That in a couple of months Sebelius and the rat-eared coward will look back to the website being down as the “good time” before things really turned bad.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines crap the F%ckFace administration can dole out to ruin the economy boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

nonpartisanfunctional, if you had at least an ounce of brain this is what you would be complaining about. Now, go outside and play with the other children and stay off of your Mom’s computer.

NOMOBO on November 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

“Not liberal enough” translation “Hey, I thought I wouldn’t have to pay more. Something must be wrong here!”

GrayDog on November 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You have a mind? Who knew!

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Stay focused.

The law, not the website, is the problem.

Obama & the Democrats screwed with people’s families, money, & health.

22044 on November 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Exactly. Every time I see a lib on tv, they sheepishly admit that the website is a mess. As if that’s the only necessary concession. “But everyone will now get coverage that meets govt standards.”

freedomfirst on November 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Heh. Look at nonpartisan–it wasn’t us who made the deadline a big deal. It’s Obama and company. Just like they made October 1 a big deal.

Question: is any deadline a big deal? How about December 15th? Jan 1st? Or when people have no health care into March because the site still doesn’t function–is that a big deal? When people die because they have no health insurance to pay for their health care, because Obama lied–is that a big deal?

Of course not, right? Who cares if millions die, as long as the liberal way is the only way! If Obamacare turns out like Mao’s Great Leap Forward, with tens of millions of deaths, well, too bad, so sad, but Obamacare will still have been a good thing, right?

Vanceone on November 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

“For Congress to reject an IPAB proposal – they call them proposals but they’re really laws…you need 60 votes in the Senate to block an IPAB proposal,” he said.

“That’s really what everybody needs to be paying attention (to) with the nuclear option, is what’s coming next,” Beck said in amazement. “As with always, always with this administration – don’t worry about what they’re doing right now. Look to the future, what is coming your way.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/25/is-this-the-alarming-reason-kathleen-sebelius-hasnt-been-fired/

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Looks like notreallynonpartisan doesn’t want people hearing about the December “fix” either

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

In the back of a lot of Americans minds is the notion that the government can pass a law handing out free health care and it will happen. They truly believe that’s all it takes.

That is what scares me the most. All my Lefty friends who pretended that Ocare was gonna be awesome and denied it was a path to single-payer (“Scare tactic! It is not!”) are now pushing for single-payers as the “solution” to an obviously flawed plan that was only crafted to get Republican support by including the evil insurance companies.

I guess that’s why so many Republicans voted for it./

mankai on November 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

In every category except whites, a majority either supports the law as-is or wishes it were more liberal.

Very few people want to discuss it but the above quote is the reason the Left is pushing so hard for amnesty and the massive increase in legal, 3rd world immigration. For the Leftists to impose their agenda on us they first have to fundamentally transform the country’s demographics. The Senate bill will be the beginning of the end of this country. It’s undeniable.

The Left’s goal is to reduce whites to a minority. It’s a simple fact.

Charlemagne on November 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’m so sick of these Tea ba@@ers interfering with my free health care!

/

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/27/see-the-presidents-handwritten-letter-with-the-quote-tea-baggers-in-it/

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The fact that some people can’t see that Leftists wanted us to focus on their deadlines boggles the mind.

“Leave us alone! Call at the end of November when the unicorns arrive, wingnuts!”

November 30…

“Why are you calling us now? Nobody promised unicorns! Scare tactics!”

mankai on November 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The amount of self imposed deadlines the wrecking crew has missed, delayed, and waived is what boggles my mind. Any rational person would think they don’t have the damnedest idea what they’re doing.

antipc on November 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Colmes exposed himself to be what he always is, a horse’s azz. Carlson Tucker had him for b-fast and spit him out, and he was still going. Tucker “obama is hated in DC and across the land, had to go to Hollyweird to be ‘loved’ by the Katzenbergs, for green energy, amnesty and other bullchit…he hates the middle/lower classes and they are full of Starnesvilles across the land…why doesn’t he visit them and do something for them, instead of the fat cats?” a.s.o., paraphrased.

“Why is all about obama’care’ now…Romney…Bush…wonderful obama…gave insurance to all the poor who didn’t have it”….

“What about the millions who lost it?” Tucker

“Bla, bla, bla, obama is great for the stock market….same ol’” Colmes

Indeed. obama is a 1%r, who enriches them and himself, and destroys the middle class. Fall for him and be destroyed by him. Sheepleton, you deserve him and his destruction in full, you morons.

p.s. partisanhack is Goebbels’ grandchild.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“I bought a used car, but the salesman told me not to drive it lest it blow up. But he said it’s really nice.”

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Crash and burn

Philly on November 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

So, all the Thanksgiving obama-flukes-America propagandist talking points are to push or prevent the portal usage?

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

This reminds me of that scene in “This is Spinal Tap,” when the Boston gig gets cancelled, and their manager says, “Don’t worry. It’s not a big college town.”

Actually, it’s surprising the number of Spinal Tap analogies surround this president.

He is The Spinal Tap President.

CurtZHP on November 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Heh

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

obama is a kind man, rubes.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind! nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Everything boggles your little mind.

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Schadenfreude and

Schandenfreude

…then, in 2014, thousands will die, due to obama and obama’care’.

You can take this to the bank and you can blame him directly for all your losses.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Actually, it’s surprising the number of Spinal Tap analogies surround this president.

He is The Spinal Tap President.

CurtZHP on November 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

“Australian’s nightmare” comes to mind…

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

You are focusing too much on those meaningless polls… Obamacare is dead and what will left from it is the Medicaid expansion…

The vast majority of the uninsured who do not qualify for Medicaid are going to pay the 1% of their salary as a penalty rather than buy the much more expensive Obamacare insurance and which will be be much more expensive even after applying the subsidies…

Example: An uninsured person making $ 40,000 a year does not qualify for Medicaid expansion… If he does not buy Obamacare insurance his penalty is $ 400 a year… The cheapest and crappiest Obamacare plan available to him after all the subsidies is at least $ 2,000 a year and that is with insanely high deductibles and doctor visits copays… This uninsured is going to pay the $ 400 penalty and save himself $ 1,600 a year… It is a no brainer even for the dumbest of the dumb…

mnjg on November 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Ever since the first promises of ‘remedial’ action being taken by the ‘best and brightest’ to solve the massive failure of the Healthcare.gov website, the Administration has been working overtime to reset expectations, to redefine the meaning of success lower, and obfuscate just what an EpicClusterFark the technology aspect of the EpicClusterFarkNado really is.

22044 on November 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

22044 is correct. The website is just one of a multitude of symptoms that this is such an EpicClusterFark that even if the website is suddenly fixed (with 30-40% left to build, defining the website as ‘fixed’ is still months off) – there are so many other major fundamental problems throughout the 2200+ pages of legislation and 20,000+ pages of regulations that the only way this program can be seen as a success is from the successful seizure of 1/6th of the national economy by this Administration.

The Administration and their sycophants may want to be able to declare ‘victory’ in a manner where the opposition to the EpicClusterFark can be diminished. But that only worked as long as the debate was about theory. Once in the light of reality, the scope of the contempt of the Administration towards the people is very apparent.

You can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube.

Athos on November 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Never believe for a moment that the increasing dislike for Obamacare means a conservative tsunami next November.

We’re likely to get fooled by the blog/poll analyzers once again, only to be let down in the end.

As this poll indicates, it’s just as likely that dislike means they want it fixed … by Democrat’s.

Carnac on November 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Does this mean they’d rather have people pay (or ignore) the penalty than get “affordable” health care, in direct contradiction to the intentions of the law?

calbear on November 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

This is like a road runner cartoon where amerians are watching the fuse burn down on the big Acme time bomb and no one is noticing the giant anvil that is falling from the sky.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Amateur. Good work America you elected a community organizer.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

OCTOBER: Pay attention to our new, fancy deadlines!!

DECEMBER: Why all this attention to a dumb ol’ deadline?

/trolls

mankai on November 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Does this mean they’d rather have people pay (or ignore) the penalty than get “affordable” health care, in direct contradiction to the intentions of the law?

calbear on November 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

At this point it’s all CYA.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Never believe for a moment that the increasing dislike for Obamacare means a conservative tsunami next November.

We’re likely to get fooled by the blog/poll analyzers once again, only to be let down in the end.

As this poll indicates, it’s just as likely that dislike means they want it fixed … by Democrat’s.

Carnac on November 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Is is what you said in 2010 when we had a conservative tsunami? Back then Obamacare was a theory and it generated the conservative tsunami… Now it is reality and it already hurt millions and it is going to badly hurt tens of millions more next year…

PS: Obama approval among whites is now below 30%… Mathematically it is over for him and his party…

mnjg on November 27, 2013 at 12:37 PM

This will leave a mark for the fans of the Dear Leader….

A YouGov/Economist poll on rating the US Presidents since Teddy Roosevelt has named Reagan as the best President in that time, while Barack Obama was named as the biggest failed US President in that time.

The poll asked respondents “to rate each president [since Theodore Roosevelt] in six categories: great, near great, average, below average, failure, and don’t know.”

Results showed that Reagan bested Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and John F. Kennedy (JFK) in a tight race for the top spot. 32 percent of the respondents categorized Reagan as “great,” while 31 percent labeled FDR “great” and 30 percent chose JFK.

When it came to ranking presidents viewed to be a “failure,” Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon fared better than Obama.

Of those polled, 22 percent of respondents rated Carter a “failure,” while 30 percent gave that same ranking to Nixon. But Obama took first place at the bottom of the list, with 37 percent of respondents choosing him as the biggest “failure” of all.

Athos on November 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

“We are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday. “That was our commitment.”

That was their commitment? I don’t recall that being their commitment. A web site that was working… that’s the commitment I recall. A “significantly different user experience” could just mean that the color scheme is different.

Shump on November 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Okay then let’s talk about the economy…..

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Imagine how “fragile” it must be, to borrow the Times’s word, for the White House to decide that the prudent thing to do when they’re desperate for more sign-ups is not to encourage people too much lest Healthcare.gov crash again and the resulting bad press scares people off for good.

How long does the average “young/healthy” spend browsing a website before they determine that it is a POS??? My guess is it is <5 sec and directly related to their level of impatience regarding download speeds. Obama and Kathy S can tout their schtick all they want, but them young healthies, if you will, have long since made up their minds.

ted c on November 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Yep. Same as the millions that have lost insurance ginning up outrage over the prospect of not having insurance come January first. You would think they would just chill over the whole thing. Boggles your mind too I bet.

JusDreamin on November 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Is the big Thanksgiving dinner push still on?

kcewa on November 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Whether the healthcare.gov website works or not ObamaCare is one huge failure;

* You get government dictated benefits many of which the people neither need nor want.
* You get higher premiums, much higher deductibles.
* You get limited choice in doctors, specialists, and hospitals.
* You get a total loss of privacy, and a website that has little or no security for your private information.
* You get more people losing existing policies even if they had pre-existing conditions which kind of defeats the whole idea of not getting policies because of same.

With a system like this complete failure will be swift and complete in a few months.

Dasher on November 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

“We are definitely on track to have a significantly different passenger experience by the end of this week,” Capt. Edward John Smith, RMS Titanic, said on April 15. “That was our commitment.”

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013

Come out and play, let’s see if you can resist this one.
I have a guess at your response, prove me wrong.

http://therightscoop.com/alabamans-angry-upset-over-obamacare-and-obamas-broken-promises/

MontanaMmmm on November 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

This from an individual who posted the following yesterday:

“Serious question. What has happened to Sarah Palin’s face?”

To all Hotairians:

Have a Happy and Blessed THANKGIVING.

Yes, you too, nonpartisan.

ToddPA on November 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM

This is not about a website…

d1carter on November 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Why are conservatives so fearful of substantive conversation with their loved ones? would they prefer to talk about the latest honey boo boo episodes instead?

nonpartisan on November 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

partisan hack is Goebbels’ grandkid.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

partisanhack just yesterday, on the Goebbelian Thanksgiving talking points thread…

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

You just can’t make this stuff up.

TeaterMerica!!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/25/1258360/-I-m-going-to-Paris-my-Obamacare-journey

Yes, my Obamacare journey is taking me to Paris and a whole lot more.

First, I want to provide a little background information. I am a 61 year old, single female who took an early retirement several years ago to take care of 2 elderly parents. I was very fortunate in my career and was always a regular saver and investor, simply because I knew I would have to take care of myself financially in my later years. Because there are numerous health issues throughout my family history…cancer, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, etc., I clearly recognized the need for a decent health insurance plan.

As part of my personal planning I purchased an individual health insurance plan from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. But what started out as a relatively modest amount of $235/month ($2820/year) ballooned over the last 8 years to the current $818/month ($9816/year). Even though this amount was a real challenge forcing me to dig into the principal of my investments, I’ve continued to pay it for my financial protection and peace of mind.

But like many Americans I have been eagerly looking forward to the implementation of the ACA provisions covering individual health insurance and the relief it would provide financially. And now that day has come…

Oh, I forgot some other really important stuff about Obamacare…because of my income, I also qualified for Cost sharing subsidies for Deductibles and Maximum Out of Pocket (MOOP). I don’t think it gets any better than this…$750 deductible, $1250 MOOP.

So now, I can afford to go to Paris, but I can also afford to do 2 even more really cool things. First, I can set up an automatic monthly contribution to the Harry Chapin Food Bank here in Southwest Florida. And, I can look around for good progressive candidates whose campaigns could really use a donation to move the cause forward.

Thank you President Obama and the members of Congress who made all of this possible.

And, thank you KOS Villagers for coming along with me on my journey.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM PT: Thank all of you who have provided travel insight for my planned trip. I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning, just shaking with joy in anticipation. As I posted in the comments, the trip is just in the planning stages, so I now have lots of info and recommendations. I am printing out the comments to make a list to cover with my potential traveling companions.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!!

Grab a teat on the Federal Sow boys and girls, it’s warm milk time….courtesy of future generations.

PappyD61 on November 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

“I bought a used car, but the salesman told me not to drive it lest it blow up. But he said it’s really nice.”

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

It would seem that the sawdust in the transmission just isn’t working anymore, is it now?

But millions will still go back and get more broken down lemons from Honest Karl’s.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

MontanaMmmm on November 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Redistribution and
Reparations

…in the light, all in front of you.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

They’re totally out of sync with

o bama
f lukes
A merica

Thanksgiving propaganda talking points.

There will be lots of “duhhhh” families and friends in America :)

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

So the poll shows the vast majority of younger, non-white people support Barry.

Combined with Hippie Boomers and Clintonian Gen X’ers.

Whatashocka.

budfox on November 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

“I … appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers … [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind — ­including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse,” Obama wrote.

Is this part of the “PR push”?

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

It will take time for these false/fraud/lie based commie operation to fail/fall/self-destruct with our aid and work.

It was four years ago Nov. 19th 2009 when the Climate Gate E-mails went public.

Four years of hard work, four years of truth getting out on the fraud of the CO2 kills and must be taxed crap.

There were only a few at the start of the fall of the Al Gore/Commie/World Wide Tax fraud fight.

Now there are millions here and millions world wide who know the truth.

Global Warming, Climate Change, Green House Gas kills, Al Gore Fraud , Michael Mann hockey stick graphs of fraud dies now before our eyes.

This too will fail, it will fall of the shear weight of the lies that were used to construct the foundation, a foundation of the wrong mix of cement. The weight of the lies will crush the thing, and the liars who produced this fraud.

What we must do in conjunction with this huge fail ,,, it to tie the commie Democrat party to this anchor and they must sink to the bottom of the sea of lies they now flail around in.

Do not thrown them a life line. In fact if any life rafts or jackets are in the water with them, fetch them back to U.S..

Just step on a few heads to make sure the drowning is total and final. The msm ones seem the most likely to deserve a foot on the head.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

PappyD61 on November 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I hope that all the looters/moochers like that, and all their enablers, go to Hell and burn slowly.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonintelligent on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

What mind?

Del Dolemonte on November 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Hey Athos, I rank Obama right up there with Deuce Bigelow.

bigmike on November 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Song title:

“Drowning In A Sea Of Lies”

lead singer,,, B. Obama
back up singer Ms Clinton
manager George Soros
drummer William Ayers
lead guitar Al Gore

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

With the decision to skip the originally planned December PR push, I wonder if the Administration has started to learn the first rule of hole digging?

Nah….

They still intend to get out of the hole by digging through to the other side….

Athos on November 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The media keeps calling this a “self imposed deadline” as though January doesn’t follow December.

What a bunch of clowns.

BKeyser on November 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Tacit admission of failure!

Texas Zombie on November 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Perfect

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Desperado

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The blind and mindless fanaticism of those out to defend this EpicClusterFark is mind boggling. I am stunned by how fixated the progressive-fascist left is on a complete and utter catastrophe – where every day, every turn uncovers another major fiasco or lie within the EpicClusterFark.

Athos on November 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Someone with access to a botnet or two could render a significant patriotic service. Just sayin’…

bofh on November 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I’m pretty sure your mind is permanently boggled.

HotAirian on November 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

SO this is what 600 million and counting brings us. Imagine if they would have gave this to the citizens of the US to spend. I bet the economy would have ticked up a bit… or heck pay down some debt or something.

Then again the DNC was broke so they had to find a way to get some money to be funneled back into the broke DNC.

watertown on November 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

“nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

-Yogi Berra

(OK, lifted from Rush today)

iurockhead on November 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Fragile is as fragile does. We could help out a little here. All in the spirit of partisanship, of course.

Kissmygrits on November 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

the amount of posts hotair can gin up about some deadlines boggles my mind!

nonpartisan, Juris Doctor on November 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

It isn’t exceptional when one has a mind that is probably boggled several hundred times a day, Mr. Harvard Law Grad.

NotCoach on November 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I can’t stop wondering what this gang of thugs are going to do with us to get back at their failures and dropping poll numbers?

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

… and when it goes down they’ll blame The Right for intentionally trying to overwelm the system.

Of course, the reply should be, “There are that may that agree with us?”

- The Cat

MirCat on November 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

[A]dministration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov

They got 6 people the first day. Seven people might be too much.

Steve Z on November 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Has anyone in history ever lied more than Obama?

dogsoldier on November 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I bought a used car, but the salesman told me not to drive it lest it blow up. But he said it’s really nice.”

Akzed on November 27, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Must have been a Fisker Karma. We the people paid for them too.

Steve Z on November 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

We need a good name for this scandal.

faraway on November 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Has anyone in history ever lied more than Obama?

dogsoldier on November 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Satan.

NotCoach on November 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

This poll smells. I buy it as much as the unemployment numbers from before the election. Remember those?

Impetum persequi.

Dirty Creature on November 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Funny

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Thirteen percent of Republicans and 15 percent of self-identified conservatives wish ObamaCare was more liberal than it is? That seems … unlikely.

Not so unlikely. The two Republicans closest to me hate ObamaCare but seem to think that maybe single payer is the only solution. Both are, generally speaking, fiscal conservatives, far more willing to meddle with Medicare and Social Security than your average Republican (let alone Democrat). But medical is so completely messed up that the European way is looking better to some each day. Don’t think this never occurred to Team Obama.

calbear on November 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM