Obama Presidency

Church/State be Damned? Obama Asks Clergy to "Pimp" Health Care

| by Jill Stanek

As McWay noted, “So much for ‘Separation of Church & State.’”

Reported The Blaze on September 22:

With approval ratings plummeting and support for the new health care law waning, the president is scrambling for ways to sell his health care overhaul. Possibly looking for a miracle, he’s turning to church leaders who preach about such events to deliver one.

“Obama, alongside other top administration officials, beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations to preach the gospel on new insurance reforms, chiefly the Patients’ Bill of Rights.” That’s how Politico describes a conference call that featured the president on Tuesday.

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Added Politico:

With nothing else working, President Barack Obama is asking religious leaders to help him sell the public on health care reform….

Obama instructed faith leaders to treat the new law as settled fact and use their perches of power to convey that message to congregants and friends.

The debate in Washington is over, the Affordable Care Act is now law…. I think all of you can be really important validators… ” he said.

Obama, a firm believer in repeating lies often enough to make them fact. More from Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link

Facing sizable losses in both the U.S. House and Senate – and quite possibly control of one or both chambers – [and] [w]ith public opposition to the new law now above 60% – and increasing – Obama turned for help to the faith-based groups and community activists who support the law….

One day after health care’s 6-month anniversary, Obama’s promise of, “If you like your policy, you can keep your policy,” sounded hollow to Minnesotans when they learned that 2 state-based health insurers, HealthPartners and Blue Cross and Blue Shield, temporarily suspended individual health insurance policies.

The reason: the uncertainty surrounding new federal regulations and compliance provisions that went into effect Wednesday….

Unfortunately, millions of seniors on Medicare are also finding out the hard way that they can’t keep their policy.

The American Association of Retired People announced that next week it will shut down its prescription drug plan, MedicareRX Preferred.  AARP, an active promoter of Obamacare, attracted 1.5 million seniors into its plan with its lower costs. Now, these seniors will see prescription prices jump 15% or more, as they are forced into a higher plan.

Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com summarized the consequences:

“Seniors will be getting this news a month before the midterm elections, as will others impacted by decisions like those made by Minnesota insurers.  It’s practically timed to enrage the electorate in an already volatile election cycle.  That’s the part of ObamaCare that Democrats will be discovering in 5 weeks.”