A White House gimmick to drum up support for the Republican Obamacare replacement plan may have backfired, bigly.
Just hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its damning assessment of the American Health Care Act, the White House sent an email to supporters asking for their input in the Obamacare replacement process.
With the subject line “Share Your Obamacare Disaster Story,” the email linked to a survey asking supporters to share their experiences with the 2010 health care law. “Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans,” the top of the survey says. “How has it impacted you? Share your story with the President.”
The survey may not be having the White House’s desired effect, however. According to social media share metrics from CrowdTangle, a web application that tracks the source of web traffic, the vast majority of clicks to the survey on social media have come from links shared by the accounts of liberal politicians or activists. These include former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers, liberal bloggers, and even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
While some initially took to Twitter to poke fun at the fact that the survey literally misspelled “White House” as “White Hosue” (a typo that has since been corrected), others urged their followers to share positive experiences with Obamacare. Recent polling has shown that the Affordable Care Act is now the most popular it’s been since the law was passed in 2010.
The Trump White House page collecting "Obamacare Disaster Stories" misspells "White House." https://t.co/ZqTB8yj5qQ pic.twitter.com/YykWyChzRW— Amanda Litman (@amandalitman) March 14, 2017
The White House wants to hear your ACA stories. Tell them. https://t.co/wy6bFGyiPI I did. pic.twitter.com/29cunLkOQj— Karoli (@Karoli) March 13, 2017
The White House email and survey come on the heels of a meeting President Trump held earlier on Monday with “victims” of Obamacare. An official White House readout of the event included stories from 11 individuals whose premiums increased or who had other negative experiences with the ACA.
Monday’s survey isn’t the first time Trump’s White House has directly engaged supporters for feedback, either. Following Trump’s unhinged February press conference in which he lashed out against the “fake news” media, his campaign sent out a “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” asking for supporters’ thoughts on news media. While some liberals on social media again urged followers to take the survey, others cautioned against engaging with it whatsoever. “HE IS USING YOUR OUTRAGE TO LIST-BUILD FOR HIMSELF. STOP. FALLING. FOR. IT,” a former Obama email marketing staffer told the A.V. Club.