The White House readies for the ObamaCare-signup home stretch

posted at 5:21 pm on March 3, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

There’s officially less than one month to go for the open enrollment period during which us lucky Americans have the munificent opportunity to sign up for health insurance or else start paying the attendant tax — although, for all we know, the Obama administration will end up extra-legally rejiggering that deadline, too, if the numbers don’t start accelerating in their direction within the next couple of weeks. Ergo, cue the final marketing push, via Politico:

The final month of the White House enrollment campaign isn’t about daily events in Washington or speeches aimed at a national audience. Instead, Obama, Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, cabinet members and senior administration officials are showering attention in very targeted ways on African Americans, Latinos, young people and the top 25 cities with the most uninsured Americans.

They’re hitting The View and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. But what’s less noticed is how they’re popping up on syndicated radio shows, at local enrollment events and on social media networks, hawking health insurance like product pitchmen. …

“Folks only have about five weeks left,” Obama said on the Russ Parr Morning Show, urging people to sign up on HealthCare.gov or call a toll-free number. “Don’t believe all the misinformation that’s out there because that is all politics and that is all directed toward me coming from the other side. Check for yourself whether this makes sense.” …

“In the final push, we’ll be ramping up efforts to reach the uninsured directly where they are,” said White House health care strategist Tara McGuinness, “in their communities, on the radio stations they listen to, the programs they watch, the websites they read, through their family members and people in their community who know them and want them to get covered, and by encouraging celebrities and athletes to get the word out.”

“Don’t believe all the misinformation out there” because it’s “all politics” directed towards him? Kinda’ like how Harry Reid insisted that all of the ObamaCare horror stories out there, aren’t, or something? Or how ObamaCare actually makes very little economic sense for young people, and relies on their outsized input to pay for older, sicker participants in order for the system to work? ‘Cause hey, by all means, young people, do go check out for yourselves whether this makes any long-term sense.


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…they’ll extend it!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Get in their faces!

Lanceman on March 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

They’re hitting The View and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. But what’s less noticed is how they’re popping up on syndicated radio shows, at local enrollment events and on social media networks, hawking health insurance like product pitchmen. …

…have to get to the…low info’s!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Next election cycle: Republicans will bring back the draft the work requirement for welfare!

The Oven on March 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Inching closer to single-payer every day…

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Inching closer to single-payer every day…

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You like to be an American doctor working for what the government pays you?

Lanceman on March 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

They’re hitting The View and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Like trying to sell rice in Chinatown.

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Public libraries are also pimping Obamacare like you wouldn’t believe.

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

The White House readies for the ObamaCare-signup home stretch

Good.

This is where the rest of those 40-50 million uninsured will sign up…

Bandwidth..baby..bandwidth…

Electrongod on March 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Check for yourself whether this makes sense.” …

 
That’s just cruel, Mr. President.

rogerb on March 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I saw them all in a cowboy movie last week selling snake oil!

Sven on March 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I hope they’re preparing for a full view of my middle finger in their face, if not, they’re going to be just SHOCKED.

Diluculo on March 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Once again,it’s all about the O….Good thing for Obama the shameless can’t be embarrassed

SweetSensationalist on March 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

“Time’s running out! Get your health insurance while you still can! Act now, and receive a free ‘get out of death panel’ card free! But wait, that’s not all! Sign up today and get an extra one hundred dollars off your deductible — any deductible! Act today, navigators are standing by!”

otlset on March 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

“In the final push, we’ll be ramping up efforts to reach the uninsured directly where they are,” said White House health care strategist Tara McGuinness, “in their communities, on the radio stations they listen to, the programs they watch, the websites they read, through their family members and people in their community who know them and want them to get covered, and by encouraging celebrities and athletes to get the word out.”

You can’t get away from them and I’m effin’ sick of it.

Flora Duh on March 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Sounds like they need Vince the ShamWow guy.

22044 on March 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Yeah, this time won’t be different. They’ll extend the deadline. Or change the fine. Or all of the above.

The only thing we know for sure is they will do anything necessary to keep the program plausibly functional and never once will they go to Congress for necessary legislation. Wait until the left finds out they granted a line item veto to the presidents-to-come, who will mirror Obama’s arguments on “implementing” legislation without benefit of going through that nasty Congress.

MTF on March 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Yeah, this time won’t be different. They’ll extend the deadline. Or change the fine. Or all of the above.

MTF on March 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Why jump through all those hoops when a good old fashioned LIE with do just fine???

Hey, it’s what they do best.

BigWyo on March 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

“You’d expect care this good to cost one, two, even FOUR thousand dollars per month. But now, with DearLeaderCare, you can have this excellent health insurance* for only $19.99!** That’s right, only $19.99! But wait, there’s more: call now, and we’ll DOUBLE the offer, offering you TWICE the healthcare
at the same price!”

*physicians not included
**excluding tax, title, destination, and additional ‘supplemental ongoing management fee’ of $325.00

orangemtl on March 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

They may be able to get ‘em to sign up. It will be another matter entirely to get them to pay.

talkingpoints on March 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

This is the same administration that called the invasion of the Ukraine, “unopposed arrival”.

d1carter on March 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

O’ will put off all things O’Care until after the end of the year so he can blame the the ‘pubs for the predicted train wreck.

vnvet on March 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Yeah, well there is still another issue that may impact the final rush:

The Obama administration noted that the Terremark contract is set to expire on March 30. This means that the entire Healthcare.gov website must be shuffled over to HP’s hosting services before this deadline, which happens to be just a day before 2014 open enrollment ends.

Yepper,a major infrastructure switch right at the end of the enrollment period. But I’m sure the change will be “glitch” free.

climbnjump on March 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Public libraries are also pimping Obamacare like you wouldn’t believe.

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Interesting, they trying to get to the parents through their kids? Or to the older people who time to spend at the libraries?

They’ll put it off the same way they’ve put off the other mandates, he needs the young people opting in and they just aren’t.

onesheep on March 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

There’s officially less than one month to go for the open enrollment period

Soooo, about two weeks to go before the deadline gets extended — again.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM