O-Care PR Disaster Lacked Truth, Success and Credibility
A consensus is forming in the public relations world about what went wrong with Obamacare’s horrendous Healthcare.gov rollout.
In what Politico calls “a case study for crisis management consultants and their clients of what not to do,” three problems are clear.
First, the Obama administration wasn’t truthful. By downplaying the website’s crashes and error messages as “glitches” due to heavier-than-expected traffic, the White House misled the public on how bad the system actually was.
Second, updates lacked success stories. That’s probably because only 6 people successfully enrolled via the website on its first day.
Finally, despite more than three years to get ready Obamacare still lacks an effective spokesperson.
When it comes to conservative bon mots, former President Gerald Ford isn’t usually thought of as one of the more quotable figures on the right.
He is responsible, however, for one aphorism that is uniquely relevant to today’s era of the expanding, unresponsive state: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
Ford was right, of course. There is no such thing as a purely benevolent expansion of government. Even in the rare cases where the state grows larger in order to perform some necessary…
"Six months after the Internal Revenue Service's inspector general revealed that the tax-collection agency had been targeting conservative organizations for added scrutiny and delaying their applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS has proposed new rules for handling political activity by nonprofits. The proposed rules would plunge the agency deeper into political regulation. "The rules would…[more]
—Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former Federal Election Commission Chairman
— Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former Federal Election Commission Chairman