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3/19/2014

We Nag You Because We Love You

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:38 am

[Guest post by Dana]

So says Michelle Obama.

In an attempt to get Rhode Island’s young people to sign up for healthcare, the Obama administration and the state of Rhode Island have teamed up to encourage moms to nag their adult kids for the cause. (Because nothing motivates a young adult like nagging. Just ask any teenager).

Rhode Island is also encouraging moms to sign up at social networking sites as well as dating sites, create a profile, and send messages to their adult kids about healthcare coverage. (Because nothing says healthy relationship more than a mother messaging her adult kid on a dating website).

“Taking care of yourself so your mothers can sleep and have a nice life after all they’ve done for you is not too much to ask in my opinion,” says one mom. (Because good mothering is all about guilt and manipulation, on top of nagging).

What good mothering apparently is not about is having rational adult-to-adult discussions, presenting facts, listening to one another, accepting a difference of opinion, and respecting one another – even when those views result in different choices being made.

And in case moms haven’t yet sufficiently driven their adult kids away, there is even a state exchange Nag Toolkit for extra added help. The website has a no holds barred opinion about using this,

“Learn how to be where your kids are. And how to nag them mercilessly.”

If you are wondering how the administration benefits from this toolkit, perhaps it’s the fact that if moms get frustrated with toolkit difficulties, they are encouraged to send their adult kids’ email addresses to the Obamacare exchange. That way, the exchange can do the nagging for them. Win-win!

Note: This should be filed under the Denigration of Motherhood, or the Desperation of Obamacare

–Dana

33 Responses to “We Nag You Because We Love You”

  1. Nag is good but ban bossy? I am confused.

    jack (5f0b41)

  2. Obamacare: Give your kids a real reason to hate you.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Why would they need to nag, given that they can carry their children on their own insurance until age 26?

    Of course, the real problem is that, under the lovely Mrs Obama’s husband’s economic policies, these mothers’ young adult children can’t find jobs with which to pay for health insurance.

    The obvious Dana (3e4784)

  4. The much prettier Dana wrote:

    What good mothering apparently is not about is having rational adult-to-adult discussions, presenting facts, listening to one another, accepting a difference of opinion, and respecting one another – even when those views result in different choices being made.

    Well, no, of course not, because for our friends on the left, only the choices of which they approve are either deserving of respect or even allowable.

    A great truism: the left are pro-choice on exactly one subject.

    The uglier Dana (3e4784)

  5. so much for #BanBossy…

    i wish the First Harridan would splurge on an oversize mug of STFU.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  6. Obamacare: Because moms like nothing more than being told how to talk to their kids.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Yentacare: Because Obamacare doesn’t seem to work.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Sounds bossy to me, but what do I know. I’m a troglodyte conservative woman who stays barefoot in the kitchen and votes against my best interests for things like responsible spending, lower debt and less stupid government waste.

    Vivian Louise, AKA Mrs. The Everlasting Phelps (9cfa92)

  9. Sounds like Mrs. Levine has other things to worry about than whether Adam has health insurance.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  10. Let’s Nag: Because Let’s Move wasn’t stupid enough.

    Hi, DRJ!

    nk (dbc370)

  11. Hi, nk, and those seem to be Michelle Obama’s signature policies as First Lady. She should add “Let’s vacation!” and “Let’s eat pie!” but I doubt she will.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  12. Please Mama Moochelle. I’d rather do it myself.

    What a fatuous ass that woman is.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  13. They are very very profoundly creepy.

    JD (9c73be)

  14. “We Nag You Because We Love You”

    Alternate Title: We love you so much we don’t trust you to make your own decisions.

    Alternate Title: We love you so much we know what’s best for you.

    Alternate Title: We love you so much we have to run your life for you, for your own good.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  15. JD,

    Profoundly creepy, indeed. Tinder is the suggested dating site and here is what Townhall reports

    The inclusion of Tinder is also a strange and ineffective strategy posed by the Nag Toolkit. Tinder is an app that presents a user with random profiles of other users, to which the user either swipes right (to indicate they find the user attractive) or swipes left (indicating they do not find the person attractive). If both the user and the user in the picture swiped right, they are labeled as a “match,” and can communicate with each other via chat. HealthSource RI suggests that parents make their profile picture a picture of themselves holding a sign that says “get health insurance,” and to like the same things on Facebook that their children like. However, Tinder filters users by age and by sex, and is mostly random based off of location–the chance of a mother running in to her own son is pretty slim.

    This entire effort of the administration is further evidence of just how willing they are to push boundaries of privacy, at any level for any person, as long as it suits their needs.

    Dana (551699)

  16. What does one do when one runs out of available words adequate to describe the silliness of these people?

    Did they put pajama boy in charge of Nag Toolkit?

    I thought at the time that the Obama wedding gift registry stood at the end of the world– but so much even crazier has happened since then!

    elissa (2c2b4d)

  17. Dear America,

    Love is a many splendored thing.
    And now that you’ve signed up for health insurance, you need to make reparations for being racist, sexist, and homophobic.
    And why don’t you get off your couch and get moving ? Eat some arugula, while you’re at it.
    You ungrateful fat slobs.

    Love,
    Signed,

    Michelle

    Elephant Stone (019afb)

  18. Seriously, with the lack of youthful signups and the general unpopularity of Obamacare among the public, isn’t it likely that the great preponderance of people (regardless of their politics) who read about this “nag” business will be as turned off and incredulous as we here are expressing?

    I think the desperation the administration is showing actually is making the situation even more intractable for them. And the states who spent gobs on “exchange” websites that either don’t work or are not being used also have some serious ‘splaining to do to taxpayers.

    elissa (2c2b4d)

  19. elissa #18,

    If Democrats haven’t been turned off by Obama by now, I doubt that being nagged by the Queen Bee will be the straw to finally break the camel’s back.
    Besides, her husband just presented his March Madness picks on ESPN, today.
    That’s like totally endearing. What a cool Prez.
    Or something.

    He picked Ukraine State to lose to Russia Tech in the first round because he says Ukraine State doesn’t have good defense and so they won’t be able to stop the Russian sharp shooters.

    Elephant Stone (019afb)

  20. He picked Ukraine State to lose to Russia Tech in the first round because he says Ukraine State doesn’t have good defense and so they won’t be able to stop the Russian sharp shooters.

    Very clever. And sad, but still clever.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  21. I know what you mean E.S. The truest of true believers will always be true believers. But his presidential satisfaction polls down into the high 30s suggest there must be some pretty disgusted Dems out there too, don’t you think?

    elissa (2c2b4d)

  22. Nag is good but ban bossy? I am confused.

    Comment by jack (5f0b41) — 3/19/2014 @ 5:47 am

    this is my favorite comment so far this whole week

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  23. “I thought at the time that the Obama wedding gift registry stood at the end of the world– but so much even crazier has happened since then!”

    elissa – Who can forget the reminders to discuss Obamacare at family meals over holidays.

    Pass the socialism peas.


    BAAAAAARF!!!!11ty!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  24. Mr. Feets–I don’t think there was much coordination between the “nag” agenda people and the “bossy” agenda people. Or maybe they really just don’t care if they look inconsistent and stupid.

    elissa (2c2b4d)

  25. You done went and brung up memories, mg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9eVKlF6kKw

    nk (dbc370)

  26. Love that slide on the acoustic guitar, nk.

    mg (31009b)

  27. Good, but better….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8rd53WuojE

    askeptic (2bb434)

  28. Speaking of Democrat female nags, Professor Jacobson has a reader poll up asking whether Fauxcahantas will claim Cherokee blood in her upcoming autobiography “A fighting Chance”. The link to his site and to the poll is attached for any one who would like to participate in the fun.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/will-elizabeth-warren-claim-cherokee-heritage-in-autobiography-reader-poll/

    elissa (24471e)

  29. I don’t know if it was nagging or being bossy, but I hear the WH pastry chef up and quit in protest over not being allowed to use ingredients that pastry chefs usually use.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  30. Eggs, cream, butter

    JD (9c73be)

  31. Li’l Fauxahantas
    will claim blood ties but change name
    “Lays Down With Horses”

    Colonel Haiku (9c0af7)

  32. Atlantic magazine web:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/uninsured-people-dont-like-or-understand-obamacare/284607/

    TRhis might be abit of a truism. There will be more people who don’t know about these levels, there will be more people who don’t know about subsidies/

    This doesn’t go into what the writer here doesn’t know.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)


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