Obama Deploys Bill Clinton to Sell Obamacare While Administration Tries to ‘Fix’ It
The LA Times reports:
As the White House barrels toward the open enrollment period for the nation’s new healthcare law, the administration is deploying the man Obama once called the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” — former President Bill Clinton — to make the case for it from his native state of Arkansas on Wednesday.
The speech at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock will draw a small, invitation-only audience of doctors and healthcare professionals. But it is certain to summon attention as the first in a series of speeches by influential political figures and celebrities who are trying to help the White House convince the public of the benefits of the law, which remains unpopular and a source of widespread confusion.
Bill Clinton joins the ranks of plenty of confused celebrities willing to promote Obamacare. But really, no amount of unsolicited advice from Bill Clinton or celebrities, of all people, should convince you Obamacare is a good idea.
The Heritage Foundation rebuts Clinton’s false claims about Obamacare decreasing costs and increasing states’ flexibility. But here’s the bottom line:
Liberals didn’t abandon their belief in a government-centric scheme for health care after President Clinton’s failed effort in the 1990s. Likewise, conservatives should not now abandon their belief—based on all the implementation failures to date—that Obamacare won’t deliver for the American people. It is so unworkable that it should bedefunded and repealed.
The LA Times article also notes that in an August 2013 poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 4 in 10 Americans don’t even know Obamacare remains the law of the land and think it has been repealed or overturned.
Tragically, it hasn’t yet been repealed.
Instead of resigning themselves to the truth that Obamacare is a massive, incontrovertible failure, the Obama administration is working with union groups to ‘fix’ the law and get it ready to be implemented in full on October first:
Multiple reports confirm that White House officials have been meeting with labor leaders this week to address the latter’s concerns over how Obamacare will impact multi-employer health insurance plans, which many unions provide to their members.
Union leaders — most of whom applauded the health care law when it was passed — have sounded the alarm in recent weeks over concerns that the structure of Obamacare will severely penalize those plans. They have made several public demands that President Obamas and Congress to find some fix.
The administration initially resisted that because most fixes would likely cause Obamacare’s costs to soar even higher. Nevertheless, Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough meet with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa and other labor leaders at the White House Tuesday, according to RealClearPolicy.com.
What is to be done? Obamacare cannot be fixed.