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.
#ILikeObamacare because a 26 y/o under their parents' ins is a child but a 14 y/o getting an abortion is an adult— AlexaShrugged (@AlexaShrugged) March 23, 2012
#IlikeObamacare because I'm sure it will be every bit as successful as an Obama-created hashtag campaign.— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 23, 2012
#ILikeObamacare because it's yet another great opportunity to have my hard earned money pay for the expenses of people I don't even know.— divadoll123 (@divadoll123) March 24, 2012
#ilikeobamacare because my Canadian aunt died in a hallway when doctors kicked her out of the room and I can't wait for that to happen here!— Christine Rousselle(@crousselle) March 23, 2012
#ILikeObamaCare because we all know that new entitlement programs cost exactly what the government says they're going to cost. #p2— Kevin Eder (@keder) March 23, 2012
Naturally, I couldn't help but join in on the fun.
#iLikeObamaCare Because why should America's civilians miss out on all the delays and red tape that are systematic in the VA?— B G (@Fenway_Nation) March 23, 2012
#iLikeObamacare because if I keep saying nice things about it, maybe I'll get a waiver- just like all the unions who supported its passage— B G (@Fenway_Nation) March 23, 2012
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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