NFL says no to promoting ObamaCare; teachers, librarians take up the slack
Following public uproar – and a warning letter from Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) – the National Football League has apparently decided not to help the Obama Administration promote the joys of ObamaCare to the young, healthy suckers whose money is desperately needed to keep the President’s health care plan afloat.
But there are still plans to draft other sports, perhaps including soccer leagues, into the effort. And if sports teams won’t play ball, the Administration and its allies have other channels for reaching young people. Teachers, for example. Investors Business Daily has a story about how a million tax dollars were routed through a “health insurance clearinghouse” in California to “pay public school teachers additional taxpayer money to take up class time teaching their pupils the wonders of ObamaCare.” It sounds like an ambitious program:
The goal is to train millions of student messengers statewide to sell the idea of government-subsidized health insurance to parents and relatives at home and to get more people enrolled in ObamaCare.
Taxpayer-paid public school staff will also be used to phone students’ homes urging enrollment under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. And they will be used to consume precious class instructional time to teach the students all about the healthcare program that the Democrat Congress did not read before passing in 2010.
No big deal – most of these kids were going to enter the fantastically expensive remedial education programs known as “college” anyway. Taking a bit more time away from real education to feed them government propaganda won’t make much of a difference in the long run.
Just in case the in-class ObamaCare propaganda doesn’t take, students will find themselves confronted with more troops from the Health and Human Services Auxiliary Irregulars when they head for the library to do research, as reported by Fox News:
The White House, in conjunction with the American Library Association, kicked off the partnership on Sunday morning in Chicago, where the organization is holding its annual conference. President Obama, who is currently in Africa, was delivering a 10-minute video message to the conference.
Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to spread the word about the health care law while giving the public access to their computers. The government-librarian team-up is one of a number of partnerships — some more controversial than others — that the administration is trying to build in order to promote the law ahead of an Oct. 1 kick-off.
That’s when people without health coverage will start shopping for insurance online on new websites, where they can get tax credits to help pay the cost. Low-income people will be enrolled in an expanded version of Medicaid in states that adopt it.
Libraries equipped with public computers and Internet access already serve as a bridge across the digital divide, so it made sense to get them involved, said Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Well, of course it makes sense. The Leviathan State has many tentacles. All of them will be employed to push ObamaCare on a reluctant population. As if things weren’t bad enough already, people are going to freak out when they see the complicated paperwork necessary to demonstrate compliance with the health insurance mandates, and apply for subsidies.