June 29th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Millions to be spent on health care messaging might have little impact

Washington (CNN) – The battle royale for the hearts and minds of voters on President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law kicked into high gear mere moments after the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it had been upheld.

Republicans instantly pounced on the ruling as proof that Obama is trying to raise taxes, while Democrats seemed eager to put the battle behind them and move on.

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  1. California

    Amazingly pathetic how the liberals continue to play their race card which has EXPIRED years ago.

    ObamaScares

    June 29, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. anthony78

    MOVE FORWARD. I actually don't mind my taxes raised if it helps my fellow man. I work hard, I have good insurance, but there have been times where I haven't had a job (and thankfully wasn't sick).

    Secondly.. weren't the Republicans supposed to be focused like a laser on creating JOBS??
    Instead, they've been chasing social issues (gay rights, women's rights, minorities, immigration) and that witch hunt called Fast&Furious. All the energy they spent on trying to upturn the Health Care Act could've been focused on crating realistic job legislature. And Romney says the first thing he'll do if he becomes president is repeal this law... that doesn't sound like JOB creation either...

    These guys just don't get it...

    June 29, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Larry L

    You will only pay a tax if you choose not to have health insurance. This will discourage people from using the ER as their primary provider and stiffing the hospital for the bill – ultimately paid for in the form of higher prices and reduced tax revenues from hospitals declaring the loss. This was originally a Republican plan!

    June 29, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    what the Democrats need to do is get out in front on this like they failed to do last time...tell the people what is in this act and what is not, the Republicans are going to take stuff out even make up stuff like death panels to get people on their side. They Democrats need to explain how EVERYBODY WILL NOT being paying a so-called tax and that the police will not drag you out of your house for not having health insurance. The GOP beat them to the punch before and the morons with the triangle hats spread the falsehoods. They are back and this fire needs to be quelled.

    June 29, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ California.....

    I used to think only left wing nutjobs lived in that state...thank you for proving me wrong!

    June 29, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    GOP is plain cult. yes, on Obama12.

    June 29, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Larry L - You will only pay a tax if you choose not to have health insurance
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    A total lie. There are over 20 new taxes in Obamacare. The one tax/mandate/fine/penalty that somebody MIGHT pay is not the only tax that MANY other people WILL be paying. You might want to do a Google search on this and get educated.

    June 29, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. cali girl

    Funny how the Rethugs are spending money and wasted energy to Repeal the ACA. I do remember yesterday that SCOTUS made the decision to uphold the law.
    We need jobs, highway construction, student loan percentage cuts, and many other economic boosters.
    Right now the GOP is running from the issues and trying to dissuade voters from real issues. It is very evident that the party of NO is still playing games with the suffering American People.

    June 29, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Some chump wrote: Amazingly pathetic how the liberals continue to play their race card which has EXPIRED years ago.

    What's a race card, how does one get one, and how do they play it?
    You sound like an angry little bigot that is a low-information type. Romneycare = tax. Who do you love? Romney. Mandates are a Heritage Foundation creation, embraced by your heroes like Gingrich, Hatch, and Romney. So you should be elated that there is a mandate involved...unless you're a 1 percent free-loader. In which case, I'm tired of having to pay for your lack of personal responsibility.

    June 29, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Holla

    This GOP has no clue at all. They will rather allowing sufferiing people to die without insurance, than allowing them to acutally have one. They've already lost the battle.

    June 29, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans contempt their presidential candidate health care bill and Romney contempt his own bill Only in GOP America

    June 29, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    President Kennedy said, THINK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. The only thing he forgot to add was SEND MONEY. Folks, you forgot to send the money !! The Supremes will now collect that money!! The Democrats want you to forget who screwed you. Pay up.

    June 29, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think that right wingnuts want to see the ACA overturned because, as deadbeats, they will now have to pay their own way.

    June 29, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012
    what the Democrats need to do is get out in front on this like they failed to do last time...
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    This the typical libtard response. To a libtard the problem is ALWAYS the stupid, unedcuated, uninformed voter/citizen that is just too stupid to understand what the libtards inherently know, what is BEST for THEM.

    It has been TWO YEARS and Americans KNOW what is in it and every time they hear more, it is always bad news.

    If the Democrats and Obama would TRULY like to educate the ignorant unwashed masses, they could start by explaining why Obamacare is projected to cost 23 timesmore than they said it would, even before it is implemented.

    If the Democrats and Obama would TRULY like to educate the ignorant unwashed masses, they could start by explaining why Obama has granted WAIVERS to thousands of groups representing millions of people, especially his union supporters.

    If the Democrats and Obama would TRULY like to educate the ignorant unwashed masses, they could start by explaining why people will be losing their doctors and healtchare plans when they were told they could keep them.

    These are just a few they could start telling the truth about. But I doubt they will.

    The bottom line is that the American people, at leats 60% of them, already KNOW Obamacare is an unmitigated DISASTER and will only get WORSE as time goes by. Like a CANCER, it needs to be killed or surgically removed in order for Americans healthcare to survive.

    June 29, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - I think that right wingnuts want to see the ACA overturned because, as deadbeats, they will now have to pay their own way
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    Pay my OWN way??? HAHAHAHA!!! Not even an option. Even if you took half the deadbeats I support with my tax payments off my back, there would still be 10 more there. Yes, I can only dream of when I had 10 deadbeats up there clamoring for more free stuff and screaming at me to get another job.

    June 29, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. OC CA Voter

    Meanwhile...Robmey is attacking with healthcare ads....Obama is in Colorado consoling and given comfort to those whom lost their homes to either natural disaster/arson....those coloradans will need healthcare to cover them because of possible injury from the fires. Obama will win the state of Colorado. Robmey with is corporate gauging of companies will show the whole country how his twisted plans to capture america...it will slap him in the face like the Healthcare ruling did. So people get your popcorn ready for some more laugh from the Robmey show.

    Move Forward 2012

    June 29, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    @bend, either you are an idiot or have no brain, I bet you are not rich either.

    June 29, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Obama's new JOBS PLAN....

    However, the mandate is just one part of the IRS’s responsibilities.

    The healthcare law includes a slew of new taxes and fees, some of which are already in effect. The tax agency wants to hire more than 300 new employees next year to cover those tax changes, such as the new fees on drug companies and insurance policies.

    The IRS will also administer the most expensive piece of the new law — subsidies to help low-income people pay for insurance, which are structured as tax credits. The agency asked Congress to fund another 537 new employees dedicated to administering the new subsidies.

    June 29, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "If the Democrats and Obama would TRULY like to educate the ignorant unwashed masses, they could start by explaining why Obamacare is projected to cost 23 timesmore than they said it would, even before it is implemented."

    It's not. Those figures represent a different period of time in the projection, so it's apples to oranges. But hey, don't let it stop you that you have a completely wrong, misinformed and a faulty understanding of what you're talking about ...please...continue....your clownery amuses me no end. It's like that same sort of laughter you get from watching Curb Your Enthusiasm: I want to slap every single character on the show, but they're still funny in a cringe-worthy sortof way.

    June 29, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. rs

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE-

    Even if a tiny percent of what you say were true (and it isn't), people would still be better off under the ACA than with the pre-ACA "system" that essentially was heading for health care only the rich could afford. The old way was unsustainable and the GOP has nothing except "down with the ACA".

    BTW- your tinfoil hat is tilted just a wee bit to the rig...never mind!

    June 29, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Gurgyl - @bend, either you are an idiot or have no brain, I bet you are not rich either.
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    Congrats diridi on at least improving your usually totally unintelligible posts! But if i'm brainless and an idiot you should not have a problem proving it with FACTS which rebut my posts. So Mr. I'm A Very Smart Person, where are your FACTS??? Or is the usual name calling all you got? Yeah, I thought so....

    June 29, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. allison

    I don’t usually express my political beliefs online but obviously there has been some confusion as to what president Obamas healthcare plan is about. First off this is not about taxes. The Supreme Court said the authority of the government to mandate individual action that requires the individual to pay (health ins in this instance) falls under the same power the got has to require taxes to be paid (the taxing authority) They did not and cannot call this a tax because it is not. The objective of the bill is to require people to have and be able to obtain health insurance regardless of persisting existing conditions or income level. Right now millions of people use our healthcare facilities every day and they cannot afford to pay their bills so for those of you concerned with your own pockets what happens to their bills? You pay for them by your co pay, deductible or out of pocket going up. So in this instance the insurance company is reaching in your pocket not the government. So you should be celebrating as this will make people responsible for their medical needs by requiring they have insurance.
    This plan also helps medical experts and not the insurance companies decide what a patient needs medically. Let medical care decisions be based on medical needs and not the ins co. bottom line. Health care should not be based on profit margin. Lastly the act encourages preventive care which not only saves costs on serious conditions not detected until more medical care and manpower are needed but most importantly saves lives..
    St

    June 29, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. MTATL67

    The idea that people are spewing the lies of the GOP that this is new tax is beyond PATHETIC its, it’s SAD. Maybe they would try reading the law and it's benefits instead of just repeating Republican propaganda.

    June 29, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Obama 2012 …..
    Good thing in Obama care is Insurance companies can’t denied people like you

    June 29, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Sirned

    Romney just listed all the good things in Obamacare that he wants to keep. But just like a typical Republican he is promising everything in Obamacare without a way to pay for it.... Obamacare insists everyone carry insurance. If you cant't afford it the Government helps you. If you have healthcare now nothing changes. If you can afford to pay but refuse to get it you will be taxed... So only freeloaders get taxed. No one else does....And in doing this we have a way to pay for per existing conditions to be covered...

    June 29, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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