The euphemistic White House
When skeptics began to question Al Gore's and his acolytes' hysterics over global warming during last winter's cold months--or even began to long for global warming--the non scientist hysteria mongers smoothly segued to warnings of "climate change." That simple phrase change covered all possibilities.
President Barack Obama (D) seems to have learned from his fellow Democrat and is now touting health insurance reform rather than the more generic health care reform. I noticed his use of the phrase during Obama's Wednesday night press conference where Obama uttered the new phrase five times.
Chris Frates of Politico confirms that indeed, there has been a change in wording.
With support for reform softening, Obama attempted to move the conversation away from the talk of taxes, public plans and the other divisive issues dominating Congress and the headlines back to how his reforms would help the 160 million Americans who already have insurance. The pivot was an attempt to reframe the bill as something that directly benefits most Americans, instead of a subsidy for the uninsured.
"I realize that with all the charges and criticisms being thrown around in Washington, many Americans may be wondering, ‘What's in this for me? How does my family stand to benefit from health insurance reform?'" Obama asked. "This is not just about the 47 million Americans who have no health insurance. Reform is about every American who has ever feared that they may lose their coverage if they become too sick, or lose their job, or change their job."
Linda Douglass, a spokeswoman for the White House Office of Health Reform, explained the shift saying, "Much of health reform is health insurance reform: getting rid of pre-existing conditions, discrimination based on age or gender, rescissions, in which insurance companies suddenly withdraw coverage when you get sick."
Self righteous hot air aside, this was a coldly calculated move.
But the term also has distinctive political advantages. Insurance reform, insiders say, likely polls better than a more general reform message because it targets something voters know, understand and don't particularly like. And, it has the added bonus of setting up the insurance industry as a political punching bag.
Punching bag, boogeyman...blame anyone or anything but Obama and his poorly thought out plan.
Don't say you haven't been warned. Remember, Obama wants this passed now and every tactic is allowed according to the "Chicago Way."