The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend.
After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay.
“You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s “gotten ahold of some old talking points,” the spokesman recommends.
Then, he suggests that you recite a three-paragraph response citing 14 figures ranging from healthcare inflation to the growth in full-time versus part-time employment.
“With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!” the sample script goes.
“Now would you like more corn?”
And what to do if your brother talks about how much he wants to start his own business but is afraid to lose his employer coverage?
Sample reply: “The Affordable Care Act can help!”
The blog then specifically notes that the exclamation point is a sign of enthusiasm about ObamaCare but is “not an instruction to scream at your family.”
AYFKM? I will slap the dogshit out of anyone who tries that crap, and that goes double for my smarmy little nephew who’s been trying to lecture me about politics for the past quarter century.
I’m serious. I expect to be drunk and armed with a BBQ fork and spatula this weekend. I have three nephews, so I can spare one. If someone starts talking politics I will speak my mind unfiltered. That means there will fireworks, but they won’t be the “safe and sane” type.
This is an open thread.