Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Sell the Sizzle”

When I taught marketing during my teaching career at Syosset High School, I used some of the sales techniques of a well-known guru of master salesmanship, named Elmer Wheeler. One of his famous sales points and the full sentence of the above headline was; “Don't Sell the Steak, Sell the Sizzle”. This phrase referred to the sales point that people don't buy the product itself (the steak), they buy what the product will do for them (the sizzle).

That's what Obama and the Democrats tried to do (and succeeded with the Democrat controlled Congress) in selling that monstrosity of a health care plan called Obamacare. They completed the sale by using the “sizzle” to claim that Obamacare would do great things for millions of people. Through manipulation, bribes, cajoling, and backroom deals, they got a willing Democrat Congress to pass it. No Republicans voted for it.

Meanwhile, as more and more information came out (no one actually knew what was in the bill because no one read the 2,700 page bill - Speaker Pelosi even said that “we will know what is in the bill after we pass it”), the people turned against it back in 2010 and even more so today, as over 60% of the people now think that it should be repealed. The “sizzle” points of lower medical costs and lower premiums, the claim that you could keep your own doctor regardless, that premiums would go down, and that Medicare wouldn't be affected etc., were all found to be not true. So after the people were sold on the “wonderful” benefits of this health care proposal, the people decided the product didn't meet the standards they were told was in the bill.

I guess the old adage of “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time” really applies to this boondoggle.

The representatives in Congress are now in the process of trying to repeal the bill in total even though it does contain some worthwhile provisions. The Republicans, knowing that we need some reform of health care, want to repeal it and start over from scratch, and craft a new bill with true bi-partisan input, which was totally lacking in the legislation that was passed only by a the Democrat vote in Congress and signed by the President.

The efforts by the present Congress might become moot if they let the provisions of Obamacare go forward without a fight. Since that disastrous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which validated Obamacare by saying that the government has the power to tax its citizens for health care (when Obama and the Democrats said it wasn't a tax, but a fee). Chief Justice John Roberts should be ashamed of himself for casting the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare (a 5-4 vote).

Let's hope the Republicans don't fold like a cheap camera by compromising their principles and acceding to the cajoling of the Democrats. Rather, go down to defeat (if need be) with your head held high rather than to meekly give in to that monstrosity of a job killer called Obamacare, an insidious piece of legislation if there ever was one.

So, many people were sold the “sizzle” of Obamacare, but later on found that the “steak” was unfit for consumption, and they demanded their money back. I think they'll get a refund. At least, I hope so.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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george Giftos said...

In a word, EXCELLENT narrative of a pending disaster qualifying for
commissioning of an Edvard Munch painting, if Obamacare isn't stopped.

Alan Rudolph said...

Would anybody, in their right mind, hire Obama to be their Chief Financial Officer in a corporation? Of course not. But, one might want to hire Obama as a "salesman" as he does seem to be able to convince "low information" citizens to do what he wants them to do - even if it is against their own best self-interests. Eventually, like all charlatans, the B.S. he spews out will come back to bite him in the butt big time, as that is what is happening today to his "signature" accomplishment, Obamacare. Even his friends want no part of it, but he will demagogue the issue as he'll never admit that Obamacare is a disaster. Kill this damn thing before it kills all of us.