'Special Interests' for Obamacare

President Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to attack the “special interests” that have lined up to oppose Obamacare.  It’s the usual Obama disinformation campaign: the special interests heavily invested in — and looking to profit from — Obamacare are on the air nationwide with high-priced television commercials and high-pressure tactics.

And, despite its members’ opposition to Obamacare’s tinkering with their Medicare benefits, AARP is one of the rent-seekers pushing Obamacare hardest.  

For Obama’s allies — especially the rent-seekers such as AARP, SEIU and PhRMA — the other guy is the “special interest” not them.  

As HUMAN EVENTS reported last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) said in a memo to all Democrat members of the House headed out for the August break that the AARP was working in concert with Democrats on the media blitz to convince Americans to support their government takeover of health care.

From the Pelosi memo:

“The Leadership is working in close coordination with the White House and outside groups (including but not limited to HCAN, Families USA, AFSCME, SEIU, AARP, etc.) to ensure complementary efforts during August. The President, Secretary Sebelius and other principals in the reform debate will be working throughout the month to hold events, promote the message in the press and move the reform effort forward.”

That report caused a firestorm at the supposedly non-partisan AARP.  Claims of overzealous staffers releasing unapproved memos and denials and blustering ensued.  No one ever actually explained what the paragraph was doing in the memo in the first place, regardless of what version it may have been.

On Monday night, Bill O’Reilly addressed the issue on his Fox News program with AARP legislative policy director David Certner who vehemently denied that the AARP had endorsed anything.

Yet on Tuesday, the very next day, Obama made the same claim at his staged New Hampshire health care town hall.

“We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors,” Obama said.

So who’s telling the truth?  AARP?  Obama?  Pelosi?  My money’s on the CIA.

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana was quick to respond to Obama’s town hall today with a new video entitled “Disinformation.”

Although Obama repeatedly appears in friendly settings touting his non-government-run government takeover of health care, radio talk show king Rush Limbaugh points out that Obama has not actually offered a plan of his own.

“I am-flat-out stunned by the Obama town hall meeting in New Hampshire,” Rush said on his program yesterday.  “This is a campaign appearance that has no relationship to any reality on the ground now vis-a-vis our health care debate. What you’re watching here is a salesman sell a product that doesn’t exist.”

Obama admitted to left-wing bloggers he hasn’t read any of the Democrat bills.  Does that give him plausible deniability in the future when he says, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it”?  Sorry, I didn’t read the bill I signed?

The White House heavily screened yesterday’s town hall audience with such a heavy hand that the crowd even broke out at one point into the campaign chant, “Yes we can!”  Holy cow!  It is beyond absurd for anyone at the White House to think that anyone this side of North Korea did not see this town hall for exactly what it was: Orwellian ”message control.”   Doubleplusungood.

Dingell Compares Town Hall Protesters to KKK

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mi.), the Chairman Emeritus of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, yesterday compared the large majority of average, everyday Americans who oppose the government takeover of health care and are speaking out at Congressional town hall meetings around the country to Ku Klux Klan members running around in white sheets during the civil rights movement.  

Yesterday, on the Manic Sycophants Nuzzling Barack Channel, otherwise known as MSNBC, Dingell hurled this latest outrage at the American people:

In all fairness, perhaps Dingell was befuddled when he spotted Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) recently being wheeled into the Senate to vote in favor of the Sonia Sotomayor nomination.  

Byrd served as a recruiter, or “Grand Kleagle,” in the Klan and led a 14-hour filibuster in the Senate in an attempt to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  

The sudden reappearance of the Klansman turned liberal Democrat may have led to Dingell’s confused KKK reference.

New Dismal Rasmussen Numbers on Obamacare

Another Rasmussen survey, this time on the actual government takeover of health care proposed by Democrats, was released yesterday and the numbers do not look good for statism.

Support for the health care scheme proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats has plummeted to a new low.  53 percent of America’s voters oppose the plan, up nine points from two weeks ago.  Only 42 percent of voters now favor the plan. That’s down five points since late June and down eight points from six weeks ago.

What should be of major concern to red state Democrats: 44 percent of voters strongly oppose the health care reform effort versus 26 percent who strongly favor.  Of the voters not affiliated with either party, 62 percent oppose the health care plan, and 51% are strongly opposed.  

The number that should make even the most hard core Democrat incumbents lose sleep at night: those over age 65 oppose Obamacare by a margin of 39-56 percent.  Nearly half of that number, 46 percent, are strongly opposed to the Democrat’s government-run health care legislation.