I can tell you one thing for sure, there’s no way in hell you’re going to get me to do a video on how to use RadioViceOnline.com. But walking customers through a government website via video seems to be right up this guy’s alley … since it does not involve answering actual questions about the health care legislation he signed.
There’s gotta be a few good sound bites from the chief marketing officer of the United States of America in here somewhere…
My first question. How much money did the federal government spend on this website … especially since all of the information on the site already is readily available on the Internet? Just do a search and you’ll see plenty of private sites that already do exactly what healthcare.gov can do, if not more!
It’s kind of like the government creating a state-sponsored traffic reporting division when there are already tons of private news organizations providing traffic every eight minutes!
From Mary Katherine Ham over at The Weekly Standard.
Obama’s tour of the site reveals that a hefty part of it is dedicated to teaching us about all the things Obamacare could maybe mean for us under the rosiest of predictions and without regard for unintended consequences. So, if you’re a person who’s having trouble getting health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, never fear! There’s a tab on the homepage, which clearly states your problem is solved. If you’re a person who’s worried about losing your current insurance when government mandates kick in and your employer finds it more advantageous to dump you on the government, the site boasts a web video that clearly restates demonstrably false Obama talking points about being able to keep your insurance plan. See? Problem solved. Aren’t you glad the president taught you how to use this site?
Ahh, AP at Hot Air picked out the same paragraph from Mary Katherine Ham that I did.
Does the president let those who have been able to benefit from consumer-driven health care plans know they are getting screwed?
The “Medicine Cabinet Tax” takes effect Jan. 1, 2011: Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).
The“Special Needs Kids Tax” takes effect Jan. 1, 2013: This provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2500 (Currently, there is no federal government limit). There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education.
I’ve been told the Obama administration left the above facts – among others – out of the video since they needed to keep it short and sweet … didn’t really want to complicate the viewers on the first of possible many video tutorials.
Insiders tell me the next video was going to be an “introduction to presidential golf”, but well, you know… So instead, they are going with how to check the air pressure in your car’s tires.
Wonder if I can pre-order somewhere…