Republicans hate it when Obama reads off a teleprompter. That’s cheating, and proof that’s he’s not too smart…unqualified. So what does it say about an entire party that needs to read off a detailed playbook of talking points to usurp the party in power, and Obama?
This is what a completely bankrupt party is resorting to, as reported by the NY Times:
The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.”“Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.”
Compete BS, and not very original. That’s why GOP answers never really answer anything, because they can’t go any deeper than their talking points. It’s quite a scheme and another embarrassment:
The document intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault.
The idea is to gather stories of people affected by the health care law … and use them to open a line of attack, keep it going until it enters the public discourse and forces a response, then quickly pivot to the next topic … the success so far has been something of a surprise, even to the campaign’s organizers. The effort has its roots in a strategy developed last spring…
First it was the malfunctioning website, HealthCare.gov, then millions of insurance policy cancellation notices. Earlier this week, the House aired allegations that personal data is insecure on the Internet-based insurance exchanges. At a congressional field hearing set for Friday in Gastonia, N.C., the line of attack will shift to rate shocks expected to jolt the insurance markets in the next two years. Coming soon: a push to highlight people losing access to their longtime physicians and changes in Medicare Advantage programs for older people. But Republicans are already looking ahead to next year, when they expect a raft of new issues as people start using their new health plans. “We’re trying to stay as agile as we can,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner.
The Party with a head full of Empty: These guys don’t manage government, they market it:
A message of the week is presented to the Republican members at the beginning of each week, Ms. McMorris Rodgers … The goal is to use all the “Republican voices we have in the House, the media markets in all the districts we represent, to take our message all over the country. It penetrates,” she said. “It’s powerful.”
Caught in what turned out to be a big lie:
Republicans have gone to the floor of the House and the Senate to tell constituent stories of soaring premiums or yawning new deductibles. But on Wednesday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report showing that health care spending had grown by 1.3 percent since 2010, the year the health care law passed. That is the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than a third of the average since 1965, according to the White House.
Like I've told my conservative friend in Milwaukee so many times, the Affordable Care Act shook everything up:
Jason Furman, the council’s chairman, said much of that slowdown was attributable to structural changes in the health care economy ushered in by the health law, such as accountable care organizations, which band general practitioners, specialists and hospitals together to plan out a patient’s care, not play off one another to raise their billing. And insurance premiums on plans offered through the exchanges are lower than expected.