The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend.
After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay.
“You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s “gotten ahold of some old talking points," the spokesman recommends.
Then, he suggests that you recite a three-paragraph response citing 14 figures ranging from healthcare inflation to the growth in full-time versus part-time employment.
“With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!” the sample script goes.
“Now would you like more corn?”
And what to do if your brother talks about how much he wants to start his own business but is afraid to lose his employer coverage?
Sample reply: “The Affordable Care Act can help!”
The blog then specifically notes that the exclamation point is a sign of enthusiasm about ObamaCare but is “not an instruction to scream at your family.”
The White House is dishing out talking points on ObamaCare less than one week after a Supreme Court decision affirmed the healthcare law for the second time in three years. Since then, the administration's campaign to promote ObamaCare has shifted into overdrive.
“I’m feeling pretty good about how healthcare’s going,” Obama told a group in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, taking a victory lap on his landmark healthcare legislation.