As Obama’s top lobbyist for Congress, Phil Schiliro was instrumental in pushing Obamacare to passage in 2010. Before that, he spent decades on the Hill as a top aide to Representative Henry Waxman of California, a co-author of Obamacare and the chief liberal cheerleader for expanding Medicare and Medicaid. Schiliro’s commitment to the cause of more government health care is unquestioned. So it’s significant that Schiliro is moving back after leaving the White House two years ago and moving to New Mexico.
Obamacare is really in trouble and Schiliro’s now been coaxed back to serve as a legislative strategist to defend it. He is meant to play the role of the “fix-it” guy on the policy side that former budget official Jeff Zients has played in trying to revive the critically ill HealthCare.gov website.
No one doubts Schiliro’s discipline or his skills, and his appointment is a sign the administration realizes Obamacare faces more turbulence in the coming months. But he will have to negotiate a difficult obstacle course, including the continued unwillingness of Obama to further shake up his White House staff or replace even one official responsible for the botched website.Note he is there to defend it. That's called "fixing it" in Washington, getting more people to fall for your bullshit than the other side.
Still, none of this may matter to Hispanics who are still waiting on a website they can understand..
Obama wants young people to sign up, but he’s not talking about Hispanics, who could make or break the law—and so far, with Spanish tools delayed on HealthCare.gov, the outlook is grim.Welcome to the new website, same as the old website.
I talked with several people in and close to the insurance industry who told me they see scant evidence that any “big rollout” of publicity directing people to Obamacare is under way or imminent. One insurance executive bluntly told me: “In addition to continued problems with the data, there is zero evidence they have fixed the security vulnerabilities of the website. We don’t want to send people to a site where their data could be compromised or stolen.” Indeed, David Kennedy, the founder and principal security consultant of TrustedSec, told CNBC in late November that “security wasn’t built into” the site. Last week, Kennedy told the Washington Free Beacon that “it doesn’t appear that any security fixes were done at all” during the recent relaunch.Will Obamacare cause the same midterm change as it did in 2010?
Three years after President Barack Obama admitted that his party took a “shellacking” in the midterm elections, Republicans are setting their sights on another political wave in 2014. It’s a new battle, but the GOP is using the same weapon: public skepticism over Obamacare.
In 2010, Republicans rode a wave of frustration over the economy and health-care overhaul, recapturing control of the House of Representatives. This time around, they’re focused on keeping that majority and looking toward gains in the Senate – and they’ll rely on the bungled HealthCare.gov rollout to fuel voter support.
As the hobbled website becomes more functional, the president is offering more vocal praise for his signature domestic achievement. But some Democrats are keenly aware that the program’s poor debut could weigh them down in November. It’s already helped drag Obama’s approval ratings to a new low and distracted from perceived GOP failures during the shutdown.
Republicans have to score six seats to regain control of the Senate. Democrats would have to muster a net-gain of 17 seats to wrestle back power in the lower chamber.Zeke Emanuel, a key Obamacare architect made some interesting admissions this weekend on Fox News Sunday, especially when it comes to keeping your doctor:
“The president guaranteed me I could keep my doctor,” said Wallace.That's is what we call a "bait and switch," padawans. Here's the video:
“And if you want to, you can pay for it,” said Emanuel.
Oh by the way, you can't use the O-word anymore (Obamacare) cause it's no different than the N-word. Melissa Harris-Perry:
“I want to talk today about a controversial word,” Harris-Perry began. “It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean.
“The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.
“President Obama has been labelled with this word by his opponents, and at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he’d achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick.
Then Harris-Perry claimed the president “embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting: ‘If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’This is the level of intellectual observations you get at MSNBC these days.
“Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: Obamacare!”
Finally, being a Chief's fan, let's look at just a fun time: