WASHINGTON -- The White House and its liberal allies in the news media have launched an all-out campaign to peddle Obamacare to an understandably doubting public.
While just about every poll in the country is telling the administration that Americans care more about finding a job and getting a weak economy back on track, President Obama is out promoting his signature social welfare law: the government's de facto takeover of the nation's health care.
A front-page article in Wednesday's New York Times, one of Obama's staunchest political allies, trumpets the administration's line that the Affordable Care Act will cost New Yorkers a lot less than they thought. Of course, there is no way anyone can predict that for certain, because all the pieces haven't been completed yet, despite a looming October deadline for a national system of health insurance exchanges that is nowhere near its 50-state goal.
Then The Washington Post ran a front-page sales pitch Thursday that said the White House has put together a political team from its 2008 and 2012 campaigns to "persuade young and minority voters" to sign up for the government's health care plan.
The person in charge of this initiative, working out of the White House, was Obama's campaign director of public opinion research and polling. And you thought that health care professionals were in charge of Obamacare?
But let's not mince words. Obamacare's in trouble and facing a minefield of postponements, delays, setbacks, and a growing list of implementation failures. To make it work financially, millions of uninsured must sign up for medical coverage, especially younger, healthier people, and that's very much in doubt right now.
Obamacare's long-term nursing plan for the elderly has been repealed after the administration concluded that it was financially unworkable. About half the states have decided against creating their own health insurance exchanges, a central pillar in the system, letting the federal government run the exchanges instead. The administration has just announced that it is delaying the employer health insurance mandate until 2015, a critical component in the new law's finances.
But right after the administration made its surprising we're-not-ready-for-prime-time announcement, Health and Human Services released a video saying Obamacare was "on schedule." Sure.
The Heritage Foundation, one of Obamacare's chief critics, notes a Government Accountability Office report released last month that said the failure to complete the federal exchange system and the other missed deadlines "suggest a potential for challenges going forward."