Washington (CNN) – Does a campaign poster 'supporting' Obamacare from his office mean that House Speaker John Boehner has changed his mind on the healthcare law?
Not really, but the Ohio Republican's staff have created a poster of faux support, mocking a Health and Human Services Department contest that calls for youth-created ads to raise awareness on the Affordable Care Act.
Posted on the speaker's web site, the poster pulls out a quote from President Barack Obama defending the law in which he said that those who want to do so will be able to keep their existing health insurance, a quote the poster calls "the promise."
In reality, the poster says, "7 million people will lose or drop their coverage as a result of Obamacare," citing a Congressional Budget Office report from Feb. 2013.
Those seven million are expected to come specifically from employment-based coverage and many of them, the CBO anticipates, will be joining the insurance exchanges that the ACA setup instead.
The contest is sponsored by the Center for Community Change, an advocacy group for low-income individuals, in conjunction with Health and Human Services. Called the Healthy Young America Video Contest, it offers cash prizes totaling $30,000 for a video, song or animation that encourages young people to sign up on a healthcare exchange.
A statement accompanying the Boehner poster cites a variety of news coverage critical of the law, including the threat of rising premiums and family members being removed from plans.
To avoid massive premium increases, the Obama administration needs at least seven million people to sign up for the exchanges, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. The administration is pushing for at least 2.7 million of those individuals to be young people and has dedicated millions of dollars to the task.
Created by Boehner's digital communications director, Caleb Smith, and by Don Seymour, the deputy communications director, the poster would not actually be eligible for the contest, were they to enter it. Contest rules prohibit federal employees from creating an ad "within the scope of his or her employment." In addition, entries must be songs, animations or videos, not static posters.
Undaunted, Boehner's office seems intent to take full advantage of the 10 entries allowed for each participant.
"More to come," the speaker's website promises.