ObamaCare never had popular support. It was passed along sharply partisan lines against the majority’s wishes, and stirred so much opposition that it cost the Democrats significant losses at the state and federal level in the 2010 mid-terms. It delivered a “shellacking,” in the president’s own words. That defeat changed the balance of power, but left ObamaCare intact, and ended up giving Obama a freer hand to continue to hack the system.
ObamaCare became part of the means by which he would exploit low-information voters and turn them out to vote for him in 2012. To many low-information voters, ObamaCare is free health care. It’s also free contraception and other free services, targeted to maximize its political benefit to Democrats. Rational people know that nothing is free, but not all people are rational. Some are perfectly rational but are fine with accepting benefits and services paid for by others, especially if those others are richer. Millions of Americans have been conditioned to envy and despise the rich. Democrats have played on race and class warfare for generations. When some people see the word “subsidy,” they don’t make the connection that someone else is paying for that, or if they do, it doesn’t bother them. They simply think it’s free for them, that they deserve and are entitled to the “free” benefit, and will vote for whoever is giving them the subsidy, and whoever is sticking it to those who are paying for the subsidy. As a community organizer, Obama’s early career was built on exploiting race and class warfare. He’s a trained expert on the subject. ObamaCare’s divisive effect on our politics was no accident. It was part of the plan.
Likewise the “Obama phone” and the sharp rise in welfare in the Obama era. Welfare use exploded to unprecedented levels in Obama’s first term. The USDA even advertised it to middle-class families who own their cars and homes and have jobs. The use of “Obama phones” doubled in just one year in one swing state, Ohio. Most Americans pay for their own cell phone service, but there are enough “Obama phone” users in Ohio alone — one million and counting — to hand that state to whoever guarantees that the “free” phone service keeps going. Republicans campaigning on even modest budget cuts become a threat to those million Ohioans, while Democrats consistently fight to spend more and more. Whom are the “Obama phone” customers most likely to vote for? Many of them had probably never voted before in their lives. Obama’s data-driven campaign not only found them, it got them to register and got some number of them out to vote purely to keep their “free” phones.
This is using government largesse to exploit voters and get them to turn out for an election they otherwise probably would not have cared about. Obama knew based on the polls that he needed to replace a large number of his 2008 voters who had become disillusioned or apathetic. So he bought new voters.
While we’re looking at Ohio, we should look at two additional things. After Republicans took control of several state legislatures in 2010, they set about passing voter ID laws. These laws were intended to address a vulnerability in our election system, namely, voter fraud. The Obama government’s reaction was to sue states to stop voter ID, claiming that such laws were racist. The vulnerability exploited here is the very real racist past across America, that came in the form of slavery and then poll taxes and Jim Crow. It mattered not at all that about 80% across all demographics support voter ID. What mattered was stopping an attempt to patch a hole in our election system. In 2012, one in five voter registrations in Ohio alone were bogus. Several precincts saw turnout exceed 100% of registration. The same thing happened in Pennsylvania, another swing state. Apart from essentially hacking the system by keeping a vulnerability open, how does this happen?