Each of the following widely publicized statements about the Affordable Care Act are not true:
- HealthCare.gov’s web site problems were just a glitch
- “70% of consumers are receiving a subsidy”
- “The Bronze plan covers 60% of expenses”
- “The average cost of a Silver plan for a 40 year old is…”
- “People’s policies were canceled because they were junk policies”
What they all have in common is the power of propaganda messaging to spin a story, typically for political purposes.
TL;DR Summary: HOW IT WORKS: An Internet meme sounds plausible but it is not true at all. The best propaganda usually sounds plausible!
Method: Assertion (all untrue).
Goal: To encourage doubts about the Obamas. Since it does not call for a specific action by the viewer, this could be considered “pre-propaganda” preparing the target for later messaging and a call to action.
Scorecard: Widely distributed in right wing circles even though it is false.