June 1, 2012

Obama plans ahead for the news of the Supreme Court's decision in the Affordable Care Act case.

Bloomberg reports:
[A] planning memo, including a reminder that it’s important “to continue projecting confidence that the court will uphold the law,” was discussed at a May 29 meeting hosted by a group called Protect Your Care, attended by officials from the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, said one of the attendees, who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

“The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event that shows average people actually responding to the news,” according to the memo....



“There’s a really strong feeling that getting out there and trying to do contingency planning out in public is not a very smart thing to do,” said [Bob Crittenden, executive director of the Herndon Alliance, a coalition of groups that backs the health-care overhaul]. “What we really want to do is to make sure that everyone is prepared to talk about the law when it comes up.”...

“The odds are that it’s slightly more likely to overturn the individual mandate,” said Richard Kirsch, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the former campaign manager for Health Care for America Now, a group that fought for the overhaul. After the court makes its ruling, “one of the battles will be to define what’s happened.”

Even if the mandate is removed, supporters of the law should organize media events to have “people who continue to benefit from the law to tell their stories,” said Kirsch, author of “Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States.”
So that's the plan.

29 comments:

Seeing Red said...

No phones, no blackberries in the private fundraiser. Yet someone squealed anyway.

PatCA said...

I had to laugh at the article where it talks about the WH response to the court ruling: to show popular support, "stage" an event, LOL. Grassroots, per the WH.

edutcher said...

I notice a lot of PSAs trying to get people to sign up so, yeah, they want a good rent-a-mob out there if they can. This is all standard Uncle Saul.

If the Court knocks it down, Zero and Ms Excommunicate can bloviate all they want; it's just going to give people another reminder of why this Administration is such a disaster.

And it will take a few more Demo Congresscreeps with them.

cubanbob said...

Endless propaganda is all the public gets from these Marxist clowns. They need better writers.
No doubt after January NBC will do a reboot of The West Wing staring Obama and Biden.

Chip S. said...

And when the responses of "average people" are chronicled, Greg Packer will be there.

Book it.

sonicfrog said...

Kind of reminds me of the Modern Family episode where Claire loses the city counsel election. Hoping for victory, the family has a sign hung above the stairwell that says "Congratulations!".... But, the "gratulation" lettering is on a second piece of paper. When the news is recieved that Claire has actually lost, someone pulls a rope which causes that lettered part to drop off the banner, revealing the lettering underneath, which now makes the word "Condolences". It was a great bit of TV.

Scott said...

For Obama to be fighting this battle during an election year is massively stupid. Fortunately for Romney.

TosaGuy said...

Regardless of whatever plan they trot out when the SC overturns Obamacare, Obama and the Dems will be on defense and forced to divert all resources to a specific battle.

Regardless of all this "planning", such defensive diversion is the last thing any campaign wants to do.

Once on defense, it is very hard pivot back to offense.

Fen said...

Geez. Instead of focusing on the Economy, the Harvard law "professor" squanders his first term on a health care scam that will be struck down by SCOTUS.

This is why you hire someone with Executive experience, instead of a Community Organizer Diversity Hire.

PatCA said...

I actually am a little worried about Obama. A man with such a brittle ego, an abandoned child, is not going to handle a repudiation on a national scale very well.

Matthew Sablan said...

He'll pivot to the economy again soon enough Fen. His campaign is pivotal, after all.

Balfegor said...

He'll pivot to the economy again soon enough Fen. His campaign is pivotal, after all.

Oh? I thought Bain was his economy argument -- who gets to decide where investment money goes? Romney was for private equity. The President is for public equity. Wasn't that the theme? It certainly offers a choice, not an echo.

Steve Koch said...

Scott said...
"For Obama to be fighting this battle during an election year is massively stupid. Fortunately for Romney."
Maybe they are trying to whip their base into a frenzy. What the dems keep ignoring is that ObamaCare was unpopular when they crammed it through and it is still not popular. Looks like typical Chicago style politics in that they are trying to intimidate the supreme court.

Retaining ObamaCare is probably more important to the dems than reelecting Obama.

Original Mike said...

Pelosi predicts 6 to 3 to uphold ObamaCare. Why? Because she "knows the Constitution."

Christopher in MA said...

For Obama to be fighting this battle during an election year is massively stupid. Fortunately for Romney.

Starting the battle was massively stupid. But when you're convinced that you're the smartest person in the room and that the Tea Party are a bunch of ignorant racists. . .well, live by the hubris, die by the hubris.

A man with such a brittle ego, an abandoned child, is not going to handle a repudiation on a national scale very well.

From your mouth to God's ears. I want to see Little Black Jesus go into a full on foam-flecked, shrieking, Michelle-volume Downfall meltdown on live TV. It would truly be the happiest moment of my life.

The Farmer said...

"“The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event that shows average people actually responding to the news,” according to the memo...."

Public outrage over what?

You're stuck with either "The Supreme Court refused to allow the government to force me to buy insurance!" to which people will reply, "If you want it so badly, go buy it" or "The Supreme Court refused to allow the government to force other people to buy insurance!" which is going to go over like an elevator fart. I wonder how they see this working to their advantage.

TMink said...

"The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event . . "

Wow. I always appreciate it when people are up front about their manipulation attempts. I appreciate their moment of honesty and brazeness.

But wow.

This level of dishonesty and manipulation is really hurting our country.

Trey

kcom said...

"Why? Because she 'knows the Constitution.'"

Are you serious? Are you serious? :)

Steve Koch said...

Bill Clinton, on CNN, said the following about Mitt:
"The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold."

Politico said:
"Clinton also went on to say that Romney's time at Bain Capital represented a "good business career.""

kcom said...

"Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States"

You can fight all you want but it will never be a right. Rights don't cost money and require the enslavement of other people to fulfill them. That's called a policy, not a right.

Thorley Winston said...

I’m a bit curious why it is that so many are so certain that the SCOTUS will vote to strike down Obamacare. It’s pretty rare for the Supreme Court to strike down a law on the grounds that it exceeds Congress’ enumerated powers and while Justice Kennedy may be seen as the “swing vote” in a lot of cases – is anyone that certain that Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito are going to vote to strike it down?

machine said...

I hope it is struck down and we continue with socialized medicine in this country...

When a man can walk into an emergency room and get free health care...because the law says so...

Kirk Parker said...

PatCA,

I'm laughing too at their astroturf planning. Contrast this with the real grass-root opposition to HillaryCare, started by a lowly local talk show host right here in Seattle.

Nathan Alexander said...

machine:
I hope it is struck down and we continue with socialized medicine in this country...

When a man can walk into an emergency room and get free health care...because the law says so...


Oh, well, if that's the case, I guess I have to support Obamacare.

No, wait, that was yet another strawman, wasn't it?

Boy, you sure fooled me with your perceptive and insightful wit!!

Christopher in MA said...

When a man can walk into an emergency room and get free healthcare. . .

You wouldn't, perchance, be able to point me to this "free" healthcare, would you? Because if there's a way to get it that doesn't cost me or you or anyone in the country a cent (which would be the definition of "free"), then I'd like you to see Mitt and tell him you've found a way that we can get "free" energy as well.

n.n said...

In order to mitigate corruption of individuals and institutions, the first order should be to engage everyone in productive pursuits. This does not need to be of equal measure, but everyone must have a vested interest in the outcome.

The reform Obama offers only serves to delay accountability and obscure progressive corruption. It is a promise of instant gratification without consequence in stark contradiction to reality. Next, he will promise everyone a beachfront property in Hawaii.

n.n said...

Christopher in MA:

Setting aside the corruptive effect, it's free to to the individual receiving the benefit. It is a hidden expense to everyone else, including the service providers. Sometimes, the individual matters, and other times a class matters. The people playing this game are highly inconsistent in their treatment of people.

Anyway, this could have been handled through charitable (i.e. voluntary) services; but, apparently, some people consider that to be discriminatory; and it assures greater accountability, which is also highly undesirable. It's difficult to purchase votes when an individual feels shame.

Original Mike said...

"is anyone that certain that Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito are going to vote to strike it down?"

Not me. Not at all. I have no idea how it's going to go.

I know how it should go ...

Michael The Magnificent said...

I know how it should go ...

Everyone but 5 SC justices knew how Kelo should have gone, too, but didn't.