Boehner 'enters' Obamacare contest
August 23rd, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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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. Econ301

    You would think Republicans would be for a system where everyone is at least somewhat responsible for paying for there own care, instead of arguing in favor of continuing the system we had where people who paid (creators) entirely paid for those who couldn't. (Takers)

    It's like the Universe flipped on it's head because Obama was elected....

    August 23, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Scott

    Got to love the poster, good job.

    August 23, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Fair – loved the lecture. I happen to think that all Americans should have access to health care. That seems to be in direct conflict with you right wingnuts. I don't mind paying more so all will have the same benefits that I have. After all, we have been paying for republican stupidity for 30 years.

    August 23, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein

    Fine, the Speaker doesn't like the president's legislation that was passed into law. What has he or anyone else who has opposed the law provided to replace it? The point is that we need more ways to get people to be able to see a medical professional on a regular basis that isn't going to bankrupt them. Too many use the ER just for routine things and more visit when there is a problem and haven't seen a doctor in years.

    August 23, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Dannytelevision

    President Bush loved comics too. Must be a Republican thing to act foolish and not get any work done. When are the Republicans going to have their going away party?

    August 23, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Sophie Meyer

    Good lord, sophism and total incompetence...the definition of what it is to be John Boehner.

    August 23, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |

    What a hateful party the GOP has become. Shame on them. Small minds and hearts.

    August 23, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Nothing says "funny" like "oh, look at you!! all sick and dying and not getting any help!!" Freekin hilarious!!

    August 23, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. vic

    WE can't make fun of the GOP health care plan for americs..IT DON"T EXIST!!

    August 23, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. g

    i really don,t know what the republicans are saying,are they saying people should not have to pay for health care.OK make it free for everybody,not just for those that show up a emergency rooms

    August 23, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    How utterly juvenile.......

    August 23, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Guest

    Even after this Obamanation of a healthcare entitlement is rolled out, we will STILL have 30 MILLION uninsured people in this country. And they will all still go to the hospitals for care. So just problem has 2,400 pages and 20,000 pages of rules and regs for Obamacare solved? NOTHING.

    August 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hmm.. Look like the GOP has gone from three year olds, stomping their feet and holding their collective breath, to eighth graders mocking. Maybe some day. they'll become adults. Where are YOUR solutions/alternative GOP? (Although we ALL know that this IS your solution...)

    August 23, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. California Gary

    It's a shame that the only thing that Boehner and his staff have to do is sit around making crude jokes about the would think they would be hard at work trying to work out some of the major problems facing this country. Is the poster funny and/or clever? Maybe......but that is not what those people were sent to Washington D.C. to spend their time on.

    August 23, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Bubba

    The GOP is smoking something if they think that this Genie is going back in the bottle. Even if it does not happen during Obama's Presidency, Universal Health Care will happen. The hardliners have not budged, but the soft middle is moving on this, and our next generation of voters are liking Obamacare.
    Just remember to call it Obamacare when it does launch. I am sure Obama is going to enjoy having his legacy carry his name.

    August 23, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wake up People!
    How utterly juvenile.......

    I'd like to think they've finally hit the bottom of the barrel, but .... ?

    August 23, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Gunderson

    No nonumous,
    True Putin Care/Obama Care will roll out near future. That what them Poster's for. Either print up funny money or print up poster's. to pay with. So what you think? Poster's or Funny money?

    August 23, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Mack

    Get sick and die broke – GOP health plan

    August 23, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    And here we have Exhibit A for explaining the poll that just came out showing that Boehner has a 20% approval rating and 59% DISapproval rating in his home state of OH. This is down from 33% approval/46% disapproval last October.

    Yeah, Boehner, I'd be pouring pinot noire over my Cheerios every morning if I were you too.

    August 23, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    I'd like to think so too Lynda but I seriously doubt it. Not as long as the man with the permanent tan resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    But I am enjoying them expose themselves for the entire world to see.

    Good one Mack!

    August 23, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Warren

    The real reason that the GOP is fighting the ACA is,
    "Under Obamacare, members of Congress are required to purchase their health insurance from the new exchanges."

    August 23, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. PaulCat

    The GOP are at their best when they are lying.

    Did you hear about the polling down in Louisiana where they blame Obama for the fail response to hurricane Katrina, over Bush.

    They're to stupid to realize Obama wasn't president at that time.

    The South is still full of stupid (not so bright) people.

    August 23, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Mikey

    40 votes to repeal the ACA and not one of them included an alternative plan. The GOP seems to have no interest in either finding ways to improve "Obamacare" or provide a viable alternative. Do they really think the public wants to go back to 50 million uninsured, pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps, not being able to keep your dependents on until age 26, and hundreds of thousands of annual bankruptcies caused by medical bills (about half of those from people who had insurance)? Yes, the law has some flaws – primarily because the GOP did everything they could to prevent good legislation in 2010. It is still true that the backbone of this plan is the same as Romneycare and in line with proposals from the Heritage Foundations in the 1990's that had wide GOP support. Do Boehner and the GOTP care at all about the American people, or is it all about partisan political positioning and smearing the President?

    August 23, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    Don't leave out the north..... A lot of hicks moved north for those good paying union jobs. We actually have a town in MI called Hazel Park but many refer to it as Hazeltucky.....

    August 23, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. steve

    I believe businesses are going to use the ACA as an excuse to cut healthcare cost by moving hourly workers out of there current healthcare benefits. I see it happening around me already.

    An easy way for them to increase their profit margin.

    August 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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