President Obama flew to Dallas on November 6 to talk about ObamaCare. To greet him, Governor Rick Perry issued a press release.
President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn’t true. Now, he’s coming to Texas in a desperate attempt to salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate by preaching expansion of the same Medicaid system he himself admits is broken. In Texas, where Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget, we simply need the flexibility to implement fundamental, state-specific reforms to our Medicaid program, instead of a one-size-fits-all Washington mandate, before it bankrupts our state. Mr. President, Texans aren’t the reason Obamacare is crumbling; Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling.”
Obama came to Temple Emanu-El. Assembled there were “navigators” who have been hired by the Communities Foundation of Texas. They will try to help people enroll in the program by using the crippled www.healthcare.gov site.
There were also volunteers from the ecumenical – read liberal – Dallas Area Interfaith. They have raised $100,000 to distribute 30,000 pamphlets promoting ObamaCare. This was reported by the Dallas Morning News.
Note: that is over $3 apiece for a pamphlet. You can easily print 30,000 paperback books of 250 pages and a 4-color cover for $3.
The news report said that “the president used the appearance to ramp up pressure on Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid.” So, this was a political showdown. The President said: “I know that sometimes this task is especially challenging here in the great Lone Star State.”
He made a promise: “This looks like a pretty motivated group. . . . I’m going to be right there with you the entire way.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted that this visit was not a desperation move by the President to shore up support for ObamaCare, which is either MIA or DOA. “I can promise you that whether or not the website worked we would be going to places like Dallas, where the education effort and outreach effort is underway, to reach these dense pockets of uninsured Americans.”