Obamacare Conversations for the Christmas Season
In the spirit of the guidance posted on barackobama.com describing how to plan and provoke Obamacare conversations around the Thanksgiving table, here's a draft of how to conduct Obamacare conversations during the Christmas Season.
Let the Yuletide Obamacare conversations roll.
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON SIGN-UP CHECKLIST
HEALTH COVERAGE PACKING LIST
To help your friends, relatives, neighbors, and even total strangers meet the Obamacare signup deadline you'll need to get a few basic pieces of information from them:
1. Their banking information - get their on-bank bank account number, user name, and password. Record it and pass it to your assigned Obamacare Enlistment Area Gruppenleiter (OEAG).
2. Information about their employer - include a recent pay stub, a copy of their W-2 tax form, and a photo of the bulletin board at their workplace that displays the federal EEOC regulations, to certify they comply with posting requirements.
3. If they currently have health insurance, you'll need to get the name of the agent who sold it to them, or their company's Benefits Director's name, email, and phone number. Send that information to your OEAG, too.
HEALTH COVERAGE DOUBLE CHECK
1. Enrollee financial information: What are their total assets? How much can they afford to pay for Obamacare health coverage? Are they registered to vote? And how much did they donate to Democrat candidates in the 2012 election cycle.
2. Existing insurance: Are they a member of a union? Do any of their relatives work in the private insurance business? If so, get their relatives' names and places of employment and send the information to your OEAG. If anyone they know has said negative things about Obamacare, or about the President, expedite submission of the naysayer name(s) to the OEAG ASAP.
3. Current costs: How much do they pay for their current insurance, and how much more are they willing to pay for less coverage without blaming Obama or the Democrats?
4. Coverage Goals: What might excite them about buying Obamacare? Are there any after-purchase giveaways they might like -- such as a cap with the Obamacare logo, or an autographed photo of the First Family Dog (paw print, of course).
Planning for your Christmas Healthcare Talk
Make sure you have a plan for when, where and how you'll talk to your friends, family members, and neighbors about health insurance. And, also, plan how you might talk to that total stranger next to you in line at your local USPS facility waiting to mail a Christmas package. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.
PICK A TIME
Start early: Don't wait until your targeted, potential, Obamacare enrollee has consumed a quantity of adult beverages sufficient to render their attention span of marginal duration.
Integrate the talk into family time: Take advantage of the downtime during and after meals to start your talk. Plan for smooth transitions. For example - it's dessert time: Aunt Doris says, "I brought some butter pecan ice cream." You say, "Well, it's best that we don't eat too much butter, Aunt Doris, because if we do, we'll reeeeally need health insurance (ha ha). Say, speaking of health insurance, have all of you signed up for Obamacare yet, because, you know, the deadline is coming soon, and I can help anyone who needs it."
CHOOSE A PLACE
Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable! For example: "Standing here under the Mistletoe, Jim, makes me realize how important it is that we all have healthcare coverage as we get older, don't you think? And by the way, have you signed up for Obamacare yet? You know I can help you there. Right here, on my tablet, I just happen to have some visuals that outline the benefits of Obamacare. Let me show you."
Or, when standing in that long USPS line to mail a package. Say to a stranger, "Isn't this fun? I didn't have to stand in line this long to buy Obamacare health insurance. Did you have that same experience? What! You haven't signed up yet? Let me tell you just how easy it is?"
Find a Quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet. This might work for you: "Lucy, come outside with me and we'll make sure all the lights Grandpa strung-up in the tree are safe." (You quickly check the lights.) "Well, the lights look okay. It's important to be safe, though, just like it's important to have healthcare coverage to keep you safe from illnesses. Lucy, if you haven't signed up for Obamacare yet, (You know she hasn't because you had someone ask her.) I happen to have my net book with me and my smart phone. Suppose we step into the garage for just a minute or two and see what you can do to be healthcare-safe, like grandpa's lights are fire-safe."
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU'LL BRING IT UP
Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you. "Mary, you're not looking too well these days, and, frankly, I'm concerned about your health. I enjoy our time shopping together, and I sure wouldn't want anything to happen to you. Have you signed up for Obamacare yet?"
Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance. "Tommy, as you know, you and I aren't getting any younger these days. Even though we're still in our mid-twenties, it won't be long before our clocks start winding down. Why not insure future good health for yourself by enrolling in Obamacare. Today, Tom! (Emphasize "Today") Start out the New Year right, man! I can help ya."
Start by asking: "Say, Joyce, how about that new marketplace for Obamacare! You've been there, right?"
Offer to walk them through it: "I know you and computers don't see yet-to-eye, Ray, so how about we sit down over some eggnog, and I'll get you all signed up for Obamacare? Here, let me doctor-up your eggnog some...More?"
Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it: "So, Abigail, when are you going to quit vacillating and get the h--- signed up for Obamacare? You know you want it. You know you need it. And I know you know that Obama wants you to have it."
Don't forget to follow up: (phone call) "So, Abbey, have you signed up yet? No? You're not going to make me come over there to help you, are you? Oh, I'd love to!"
What's Important to Communicate:
- Being covered makes you part of the Obamacare Team for good health.
- Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, and for those who lie about their income.
- You get to choose the plan that the government thinks is right for you.
- All the health insurance plans on the new marketplace provide free preventive care - including skateboard helmets, condoms, and free STD testing for you and all your significant others.
- Plus much, much more.
Step 4 is a signature field where the Obamacare promoter is asked to "Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season." Then enter their email address, zip code, and push the "I Will" tab.
If you wish, you can pledge your commitment to bring some Obamacare Cheer into this Christmas Season in the comment section.
Merry Obamacare to all.