There has been a great deal of introspection among leading Democrats after the bruising defeat in the last election — much of its directed at the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” It has ranged from Schumer’s view that the law was political blunder to Harkin’s view that it was a poorly drafted mistake. This week, the highest ranked Democrat, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, said that the Obama Administration may have doomed Democrats in Congress with its poor management and blunders in the rollout of the program. Now the person ultimately responsible for that mismanagement and failure, former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, has her own prognosis: bad brand name.
At the time of the failed rollout, I believed that the most obvious response was at a minimum to fire Sebelius, the subject of a past column. However, the Administration and Democrats circled the wagons and Sebelius kept her job.
Now Sebelius explained on Wednesday that “Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising.” I would not say that, after hundreds of millions of wasted dollars and hundreds of “fixes” to a poorly drafted law, the problem is the name. However, it reminded me of a story that I heard while attending the University of Chicago. This may be apocryphal but it is too good a story to check as they say. The story goes that Coca Cola was struggling with loss of market share against 7UP due to the appeal of the “uncola” in the anti-establishment environment of the 60s. So the giant corporation hired a counterculture icon from the University of Chicago (Severn Dardan is often named). The story goes that the cultural guru disappeared with a huge upfront fee to “study” the issue until the company demanded that he appear at a board meeting to give his recommendations for the future Coca Cola. The man walked into the board room in overalls and simply said “change the name” and walked out.
Now, while the hippy story may not pan out, I have an easy substitute from Sebelius. Just change the name. Problem solved.
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If your neighbor’s house has termites, and you burn it down, yelling, “At least I DID something!!!” don’t think your neighbor is better off, or will thank you.
I will be very interested to hear what people have to say once the employer mandate hits. Good luck keeping your jobs.
That’s the Democratic platform for you. They do hold the condition of being born against you.
They want you to be aborted.
That is what they are all about.
In America, the preexisting condition of being born is always held against you in your fight for affordable health care…
Here’s a re-branding… Call the political parties what they are.
The Dumbicans and the Repugnican’ts.
Obamacare: U been pwned!
Obamacare: Less filling! More cost!
Obamacare: Designed by Drunken Monkeys!
Maybe they could change “Obamacare” to “New Coke.”
Or maybe Healthcare Chia Pet.
No I don’t think that’s it at all. Your comment Pogo, does actually speak for itself and what it has to say is does not reflect well on you.
It is obvious what Pogo is referencing. This nonsense would have to be a pure propaganda film and the foremost purveyor of filmed propaganda is in fact Leni Riefenstahl. Just as the foremost purveyor of the Big Lie would be Joseph Goebbels.
Unless you count Obama. Just sayn’
Res ipsa loquitur.
Pogo, why are you bringing up Leni RIefenstahl? I believe Professor Friedman is Jewish. Explain your Riefenstahl comment, I find it very odd.
Oh, that must be one of those Leni Riefenstahl films.
Pogo, no need to watch this, no pressure.
How about “Better Than What We Had But Not As Good As Single Payer Care”?
Pogo – every single one of your points are demonstrably true.
As per usual, Liberals ended up harming the people they claimed they wanted to help.
And in voting for something that they had documented evidence would increase health care costs for the unsubsidized middle class, it put the lie to the claim that Liberals cared about the middle class.
Obamacare is a partisan issue because Demcorats made it so. Only Democrats voted for it, and the GOP kept voting to try to repeal it.
Dems own this one.
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