Boehner 'enters' Obamacare contest
August 23rd, 2013
11:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Boehner 'enters' Obamacare contest

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.

Fewer people will have employer health insurance, CBO projects

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.

Video: UPS blames Obamacare for coverage drop

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.


Filed under: Health care • HHS • John Boehner
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. The Great Pontificator

    Steve, are you really so naïve to believe your company is going to (or is even able to) absorb a ton more costs? Yes, to avoid added cost of obamacare, they are going to let people go and move others to part time. Get used to it. And if you think that's bad, wait until you see how long you're going to have to wait for an MRI.

    August 23, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. The Great Pontificator

    Folks, it's not just the GOP who is fighting Obamacare. Its a disaster for anyone who currently pays for their insurance now. Rather than paying for their healthcare, they're not also paying for those who don't. Oh, and once amnesty kicks in, then you'll really see it fall apart. For those who currently pay for their own health care, think of obamacare as the pay more – get less plan.

    August 23, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    The Dream, like perfection itself, will forever be elusive, because we are not perfect.

    But that's not a reason to quit trying to achieve it.
    _________________________
    DD, THAT was well said! All of us need to be reminded from time to time!

    August 23, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Steveo

    One problem I have with Obamacare is all the waivers given to big corporations and unions! I thought it was supposed to be good enough for everybody!

    August 23, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    If I read some of these posts correctly, people want to retain the current medical system we have, complete with the insurance we now have. Never mind the facts that:
    –We pay more for health care then anyone else in the world
    –We receive some of the poorest quality health care of any industrialized nation
    –The Death Panels (the ones little Sarah My Parents Took Me to Canada said would happen) continue to operate (as they have for decades) behind the doors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and all rest.
    –The long waits for treatment have been proven to be a right wing con job.
    And yet you want to keep what we have. Are you over ten years old, or insane. ObamaCare may not be the answer, but it is the first step. It will not be righted though until we have Single Payer. Shriek Socialism all you want. The rest of us are laughing at you.

    August 23, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Kathleen Farrell

    If you're insured right now, you're paying the bills for all the people who can afford it, but don't buy it. Hospitals can't turn them away so when they negotiate contracts with insurance companies they spread the costs of all that uncompensated care among all the insured. I for one am tired of paying the bills of people too cheap to take care of themselves but showing up in the ERs. What other industry HAS TO care for people who don't pay?

    August 23, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Marcus

    Mr. Boener,
    We all get it very well, you don't like the law.
    Any alternative, real deal one with means to be paid for and such other data in it, that you can come with?
    Please, NOT the soon-to-be replaced actual system, greatest cause of personal bankrupticy ine the USA as it is?
    It would be MUCH more easier to convince people about the 'evils' of 'Obamacare' if you actually had an alternative, which... IF 'Obamacare' is/was as bad as you have tried to portray it all those months... would not be so hard to come up with, right?

    August 24, 2013 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  8. king

    these folks and their doom day predictions. lesson folks this is not new. these doomday predictions happen during social security, medicare, medicare part D. everytime owh employers going to let go folks because of the added cost. and taxes. lesson folks the opposite happens all the time. and believe me it will happen again, because businesses is about makiing money. and the more money is circulating in the country by obamacare businesses will be happier and hire more folks. hell obamacare was suppose to destroy america, 4 years ago at its creation if you have been following the repubs rederic, but it hasn't happen yet and i dont see where its going to happen in the future, all i see is businesses coming back to america to get some of the obamacare bounty. the repubs cannot stand this so they ramp up their Frederic that seems to fail every time year after year after year.

    August 24, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
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