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Ed Driscoll

Astroturf: Media’s Obamacare Poster Boy is OFA Volunteer

October 3rd, 2013 - 6:40 pm

“Surprise: Media’s Obamacare health insurance exchange poster boy is OFA volunteer” — that’s Organizing for Action, spun-off from the Obama presidential campaign, as spotted by Twitchy:

Despite a huge number of reports of technical failures that kept people from creating accounts at HealthCare.gov the last three days, Mediaite notes that one lucky winner of the health insurance exchange lottery was Chad Henderson, who was interviewed about that miraculous development by virtually every media outlet in America. As he wrote on Facebook:

I’ve now been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Huffington Post, Enroll America, and POLITICO!! Those stories will be published in the coming days. I have a press conference call with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services later tonight. Also, local folks….. my interview with Kimberly Barbour WRCB-TV will be aired TONIGHT at 5:30pm on WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News so be sure to check it out thanks for all your support!

Wow, that’s a lot more coverage than most people were able to score from a visit to the broken health insurance exchange website. Another amazing coincidence: Henderson lists himself on LinkedIn as an Organizing for America (i.e., @BarackObama) volunteer working to continue the president’s agenda.

It not fair to say that Henderson is the only person to sign up successfully; some guy named Ian got through as well. But man, that is a lot of media interest in just one guy, especially considering the White House was crowing about 4.7 million unique visitors to HealthCare.gov.

Greg Packer, call your office — at least on the topic of socialized medicine, you’ve got some serious competition as the MSM’s go-to man on the street for all quotes everywhere.

Update (10/4/13): “Obamacare Poster Boy Chad Henderson and His Dad Haven’t Signed Up for Obamacare, Says His Father,” according to Peter Suderman of Reason, who interviewed the OFA volunteer’s dad.

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This young man is excited about getting health insurance that he could have gotten any time prior. Everyone getting insurance now could have gotten it before, and probably cheaper. We know the ACA doesn't really provide any new insurance, it only provide subsidies so people can now buy the more expensive insurance.
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In this land of innumeracy, 4.7 million hits sounds like a lot, but compare that to Drudge (50 million/day) or Google (5 billion/day). And there is no more reason to think they are all potential buyers than to think they are all just looking for the $2500 premium savings that Obama promised.
45 weeks ago
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Y'all are missing the point. This kid is a college student, evidently with a part-time job. Almost every college in the country offers (or at least they did before ObamaCare) a cheap student health insurance plan -- and most make it mandatory that you have your own coverage, or buy their cheap plan.

So this kid is the perfect example of someone NOT actually needing a solution like Obamacare in the first place -- that is the story.
45 weeks ago
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This is a perfect example of how Obamacare will work. If you are politically connected to the Party, you not only get on quicker, you get treated quicker. When the computer shows that you don't vote for the Party, you get a busy signal, even if that busy signal has to come from the receptionist sitting at the computer terminal right in front of you.
45 weeks ago
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Apparently, the politically connected and compliant (Dems, OFA, etc...) will get the "friendly" government "service" and those that are either opposed to the administration, or would like to be left alone, etc... will get the "unfriendly" service. Can't wait to watch this play out with accessing actual medical services. Just peachy.
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