While millions of Americans are losing their insurance thanks to new Obamacare regulations, the President’s political action group, Organizing for Action (OFA), is asking for donations as high as $1000 to help promote the program. OFA is asking for supporters to visit BarackObama.com and make the donation. Many might find the idea of donating any amount to a trillion-dollar government program absurd, but compared to the problems Obamacare is experiencing now, it may not seem quite so ridiculous.
In one of the more audacious, out-of-touch public relations moves in recent memory, Organizing for Action is blaming Obamacare’s stumbles on its political foes. In an email sent out this week from Lindsay Siler (OFA National Director for Issue Campaigns), Organizing for Action makes no mention of the Obamacare website debacle or the millions of Americans having their insurance cancelled. Instead, OFA is blaming the Koch Brothers for Obamacare’s failures. In response, they ask supporters to donate any amount they can in order to promote Obamacare to America.
The email claims that a group funded by the Koch brothers is setting up next to Obamacare sign-up booths on college campuses and passing out beer and koozies to distract students from signing up. Much like President’s Obama’s claim that you can keep your insurance if you like it, however, the statement isn’t quite true.
According to the Miami Herald, a Republican group called Generation Opportunity is holding events providing the facts about Obamacare. One event did offer free drinks, but it did not occur on a college campus: it was held at a Washington-area bar 260 miles from the closest college, Virginia Tech. Not quite the grand Koch brothers conspiracy Organizing for Action would have you believe.
The email makes another unsubstantiated claim, that anti-Obamacare groups are spending $400 million to sink the program. That may sound like a lot, but in comparison, $400 million won’t even pay for half of the Obamacare website.
Still, Organizing for America tries to claim poverty on behalf of Obamacare, which is why they are asking for donations. The text of Siler’s email follows, which links to an OFA website page that will take your donation.
When the facts aren’t on your side, and you don’t have good ideas of your own, there’s only one thing left to do:
Pass out free beer and koozies.
That’s not really true, but it does happen to be exactly what the Koch brothers’ group has been doing at college campuses across the country — all to try to convince young people not to get health insurance. That’s right — they’re setting up booths, right next to the organizations helping students get covered, and handing out free stuff.
The bad news is these guys have millions of dollars to spend — the anti-Obamacare crowd has already spent more than $400 million against us. It’s going to take real, on-the-ground organizing to beat them.
The good news is that’s what OFA does best. Donate $5 or more today to fight back.
The facts aren’t that complicated — no matter how much noise the other side makes, Obamacare is here to stay, and it’s helping millions of people get better, more affordable care as I write this.
The thing is, there’s no Koch brothers-recommended alternative to Obamacare here. They’re saying just risk it — and hope you (or your kids) don’t get sick.
We won’t be able to outspend them, but we can help shut this cynical campaign down with OFA’s brand of organizing, which just happens to specialize in actually trying to help people.
So if you’re tired of the Kochs’ cynicism, donate $5 or more to the team that’s fighting back today.
Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog WhenLiberalsAttack.com. His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at email@example.com. Click here to receive a weekly email update from WhenLiberalsAttack.com. To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE link here or at the top of this page.