Families USA, a group that bills itself as non-profit and non-political, had received $1 million of our tax dollars to tout Obamacare success stories. But of course, the group doesn’t come close to being non-political, it’s about as left as they come.
Philippe Villers, the president of Families USA, serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of Board of a little-known group called the Herndon Alliance. The Herndon Alliance originated in Herndon, VA in 2005 and produced research the left used to sell the overhaul of the United States health care system and counteract opposition as the president was making a push for Obamacare. As Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon noted, they are credited with crafting President Obama’s, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” message, and are even backed with money from George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
In 2009 Politico wrote, “When President Barack Obama says Americans can maintain their ‘choice’ of doctors and insurance plans, he is using a Herndon strategy for wringing fear out of a system overhaul.” They were also described as, “the most influential group in the health arena that the public has never heard of.”
Ron Pollack, the above mentioned co-founder and Executive Director of Families USA, told the Washington Post in a 2010 interview after the passage of Obamacare that he was going to help found a group called Enroll America in order to raise millions of dollars to assist with enrollment.
Read the whole thing. Something tells me Families USA isn’t one of the non-profit groups Obama has instructed the IRS to crack down on. Either way, no doubt the MSM is happy to have their help digging up success stories, because there have been so few. Gee, I don’t recall any news organizations going out of their way to report happy news during the Bush years.
Oh, and the Obamacare message crafted by the Herndon Group was based on research done by the late Hugo Chavez’s “imaging guru.” No, not political at all. Right.