For instance, I'm taking a stab that Obama won't be doing the Sunday talk show circuit to field questions about recent reports that Obamacare doesn't allocate nearly enough money to cover the estimated 5.6 million to 7 million Americans with pre-existing medical conditions who will qualify for temporary high-risk insurance pools. I'm betting he won't respond substantively to the study by the Center for Studying Health System Change that Obamacare "could leave hundreds of thousands of potential participants with serious medical problems unable to obtain coverage" and that the $5 billion earmarked for the pools might cover as few as 200,000 people a year.
I'm also stepping out in conjecturing that Obama won't be going on his beloved Fox News to rebut claims by The Washington Examiner's fine editorial page editors that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "has resorted to sending millions of senior Americans a sales brochure that is packed with blatantly false claims about Obamacare."
But we are probably safe in assuming that Obama's targeting of seniors with the brochure and television blitzes is no accident. Indeed, The Hill reports that the administration and Democrats "have especially focused on seniors, who make up a crucial voting bloc in November and who traditionally show up at the polls in higher numbers than younger citizens."
But in fairness, I must confess that I've hedged my bets on the Fox News prediction, because the Times reports that former White House communications director Anita Dunn will have a major role in orchestrating the "milestone moments" campaign to deceive, er, inform the administration's subjects, er, public about the vast wonders of Obamacare. Dunn, you may recall, was the principal general in the administration's war against Fox News.
The Times assures us, though, that Dunn won't be alone. "A veritable army of outside groups" will be "orchestrating campaigns to echo the White House message." This "advocacy campaign ... will last until after the law is fully put into place in 2014." Heading up the effort will be none other than President Obama himself, who "intends to stand by his pledge" not to abandon Democrats who supported Obamacare. His senior adviser David Axelrod said Obama is eager to "campaign for folks who showed the courage to stand up. ... I think he'll do it with a special relish."
Here's hoping he does it with extra-special relish and mustard. He has helped ensure defeat for almost every candidate he's campaigned for to date. If this streak continues, his stamp of approval will be the figurative kiss of death for all candidates who would thwart the indispensable conservative effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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