Friday, March 23, 2012

Obama Campaign Marks 2-Year Anniversary of 0bamacare's Passage With Twitter Campaign That Gets Quickly Co-Opted by Conservatives

Although the Administration was largely quiet about the two year anniversary of Congress passing 0bamacare [labelled as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act- NANESB!], President Obama's 2012 Campaign manager Jim Messina left a message on the campaign website encouraging supporters to embrace the term 'Obamacare'. The 0bamacare monicker was decried by Democrats as uneccesarily divisive as recently as 2011.

In an effort to promote the second anniversary, the Obama campaign attempted to start a twitter campaign using the hashtag #ILikeObamacare. However, it did not long for conservatives pundits and bloggers on twitter to get wind of the hashtag [basically a feature on twitter where a certain topic or phrase is preceeded with '#' which allows more people to view your individual tweet- NANESB!] and quickly co-opt it at which point the messages in support of 0bamacare were seemingly buried in an avalanche of sarcastic tweets pointing out the law's increasing unpopularity, the fact that it was passed in the face of public opposition and it's high cost.

Here are some of my favorites from Friday afternoon.

Naturally, I couldn't help but join in on the fun.

This would not be the first time conservative bloggers and social media users would manage to ju-jitsu a message from the Democrat party or left wing activists. A few days prior, the Democrats attempted to solicit message of support from Twitter users with the hashtag #WhyImIn.

Despite being passed by a narrow margin two years ago, 0bamacare has a date with the Supreme Court later on this month in which the justices will weight the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, particularly the individual insurance mandate.

Since being passed, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a number of waivers exempting groups from complying with the legislation. Many of the organizations and employers who recieved the HHS waivers were labor unions that had lobbied Congress in favor of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act.

In February, the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services decided not to exempt the hospitals and schools run by the Catholic Church from providing coverage for employees that would include contraception and 'morning after' pills, despite the objections of a number of bishops.

Ealier this month, the Congressional Budget Office had revised their cost estimates to implement the first 10 years of 0bamacare from $940 billion to $1.76 trillion.

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