Boehner 'enters' Obamacare contest
August 23rd, 2013
11:00 AM ET
7 years 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.

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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. Sniffit

    "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, ..."

    "...he's still lying about it."

    FIFY

    August 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "More to come," the speaker's website promises."

    At least we now know what Boehners staff has been doing to occupy their time.

    August 23, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "the poster would not actually be eligible for the contest, were they to enter it"

    They couldn't even follow the freekin rules on that either? Pathetic.

    August 23, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    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.
    ----------------------------------------------
    That's good news! Those 7 million Americans can stop getting ripped off by these insurance companies. The exchanges will offer real competition to bring down costs. Everyone fails to mention that.

    August 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    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.
    ----------------
    Insurance companies have to love the ACA. They're getting millions of new captive clients, and the greatest excuse to raise rates and deductibles since the discovery of cancer.

    August 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    This "Repeal Obamacare" reminds me of the passion/hate of those who opposed Civil Right in the 1960s. So much noise against an attempt to provide ALL AMERICANS with better Health Care.

    August 23, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Marie MD

    LMAO!!
    It is soooo funny to deny healthcare to the American public (a famous quote of the weeper) while you receive almost free healthcare and have probably one of the best healthcare plans in the world now and after retirement (so much for those entitlements but it's okay for you folks).
    Americans going bankrupt and losing their life savings, homes, cars is soooo funny. Remind me to laugh!
    I guess your staff is also Lawson vacation or doing nothing like the weeper and his minions in congress.

    August 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. anotherGDlefty

    Dear John, when you get back from your 5 week paid vacation, please present the jobs, jobs, jobs bill you said you had at election time. I mean you had a big press conference with a banner and everything.
    You aren't just wasting Americas time and money are you John?

    August 23, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    This goes to show how creative Boehner can be after his 5th martini at the 19th hole.

    August 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Tea Party Thomas

    Obama care will never be funded. The Tea Party Republicans will see to that.

    August 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    What's most amazing is how many rats will follow the pied piper. They tell them to protest the ACA by not getting health insurance. They tell them to blame Pres. Obama when they get sick and can't pay the bills because they have no insurance. The people bite and buy into that nonsense: hook, line, and sinker. Conservatives voters like being told what to think, say and do by someone. They call it leadership. I call it willful ignorance.

    August 23, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "At least we now know what Boehners staff has been doing to occupy their time."

    That and meticulously organizing all articles and magazine covers that feature Boehner. He's got a whole system for it. It's really quite sad.

    August 23, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Hey Rudy NYC-Does Two legs bad, Four legs good sound familiar ? How about Obama bad, Anti Obama good ?

    August 23, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    ACA will be funded by law. It is the veterans, military, seniors, and government workers ( outside of congress) who will not get paid and have to suffer the GOP insanity.

    August 23, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Vince

    What a waste of time. Someone wake me up when the House has a jobs bill on the table.

    August 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    I am tired of my insurance premiums increasing to pay for uninsured republicans who show up at the emergency room. Starting in 2014, that crap will cease.

    August 23, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Gunderson

    Waael,
    When you up against all the inmates running the asylum, you lose! All you have look is high unemployment and food stamps. Inmates have burned chicken coop to ground. See Obama Care for explanation. Inmates one, Boehnerzero.

    August 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's really quite sad."

    I'd dab your eyes with a tissue but I'm plumb out. Boehner, you understand? Took my last one. Tissue, that is.

    August 23, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    Republican elected officials: working hard for America.

    What was their plan that would REPLACE Obamacare? I'm sure it was brilliant.

    August 23, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. don in albuquerque

    Oh Gunderson. why not drop the third world clip talk. We all know its one of two things–
    Fake
    Or you have a Masters from Texas Tech.

    August 23, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Tampa Tim

    I am tired of my insurance premiums increasing to pay for uninsured republicans who show up at the emergency room. Starting in 2014, that crap will cease.
    --------
    Are you OK with your premiums increasing for uninsured democrats who show up at the emergency room? No? Well, your tax dollars are going to go to do just that. No such thing as a free lunch, Tim. You're going to pay one way or the other.

    August 23, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Obamacare will be rolled out in 2014 and will be funded. By the time the Nov elections are here, people will realize the sky hasn't fallen and many will be reaping the benefits. The GOP is screwing themselves on this one because people in the middle are going to realize the GOP and right wing media are lying to them. Of course there will be those in the GOP base that will never admit it and continue to vote for them anyway.

    August 23, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Econ301

    Fair is Fair

    Well yeah, the debate is who should pay, not if we should pay or not... Republicans seem to think that Not paying is an option though... when it's really not.

    I'd much rather pay 1% higher taxes then pay 10% higher premiums to cover the insured. This is the false equation that Republicans have been selling... that there is an option where you don't pay at all...

    You can debate the effectiveness of the law, but the idea is to make people have to pay a portion of there costs instead of having all of those costs passed on to those of us who do pay... which seems like something Republicans would support....

    August 23, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Thomas

    John Boehner must be a busy guy ?

    If medical coverage was as important as Golf and 12 year old scotch , Maybe Boehner would do something .

    August 23, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. somebody

    Fair is Fair

    Tampa Tim

    I am tired of my insurance premiums increasing to pay for uninsured republicans who show up at the emergency room. Starting in 2014, that crap will cease.
    --–
    Are you OK with your premiums increasing for uninsured democrats who show up at the emergency room? No? Well, your tax dollars are going to go to do just that. No such thing as a free lunch, Tim. You're going to pay one way or the other.

    ----------------–
    The point here is that if unisured republicans and uninsured democrats have health insurance and go to scheduled doctor visits instead of the emergency room, it is cheaper for all of us.

    Nobody is saying it is free. An hour in a doctor office is a lot cheaper than an hour in the emergency room. Preventing a disease and/or catching it early is a lot cheaper than waiting until a disease in full swing needs to be cured. It is pro-life.

    August 23, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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