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Democrats must go on the road to sell Healthcare…..

While the bill is  a done deal…..

That is just an opener….

The Healthcare Insurance industry is already mounting a fight back on the bill….

The public is divided…

The GOP is just sitting back and letting things fester

Those who will benefit from the bill are happy and content….

Those who will not see anything from the bill are going to not forget the money/government side to it….

As Daniel has said to me many a time Healthcare COULD be a problem for Democrats..

As I have said to Daniel…..

Only if the President and others Democrats let it be……

Faced with the prospect of a Democratic rout in November, the White House last month brought on communications expert Stephanie Cutter, a Capitol Hill veteran who is on her third tour of duty with the administration, to oversee healthcare messaging and at least minimize the political damage from the bill.

The White House since then has produced a steady stream of reports and events highlighting the law’s benefits for Americans.

The administration’s sales strategy seeks to highlight “early deliverables” in the law that will benefit voters and their families before the midterm elections.

Requirements that insurers cover children with pre-existing conditions and allow young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance policies are clear signs of the benefits of reform becoming a reality, according to the White House.

The pitch includes a more forceful approach with the press. Officials have called reporters at home after hours to ensure that their message is picked up, including members of the trade press not accustomed to the attention.

The aggressive push is seen as crucial to helping vulnerable lawmakers get reelected.

“Overall, in trying to explain to the public why this law is going to be favorable and beneficial to them and their families, I think they’re doing a much, much better job now than they did in the early part of this campaign [before the bill was passed],” said Licy Do Canto, a Democratic healthcare lobbyist and principal with the Raben Group.

Republicans and Democrats alike, however, question whether the effort will help Democrats in the fall.

“Has there really been any difference?” said one GOP lobbyist. “They put out more fluff on the process, but the problems that were there before are still there today. And the polling on healthcare reform has been static since last August or so.”

In the final stages of the healthcare debate, recalcitrant lawmakers were told that Democrats’ best chance in November was to pass the law and show that they can govern.

President Barack Obama himself even predicted that voters would come around after the law was passed, poking fun at doomsday reporting in early April.

“It’s only been a week,” Obama told supporters in Portland, Maine. “Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm? You planted some seeds, and they came out the next day, and they looked, and nothing’s happened!”

That was six and a half weeks ago. Since then, public perception of the bill has hardly budged, with a slight majority of Americans consistently saying they oppose it.

Obama himself has not been at the forefront of the new White House effort, possibly to the frustration of some lawmakers.


May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , ,


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  2. We must have a League of Nations!

    Comment by Manila Calling! | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. ???

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. See Woodrow Wilson’s effort at selling number 14 of his 14 points to the Senate.

    Health Care is the football for 2010 and 2012.

    I hope the Democrats keep selling it just like they are selling it now. Nothing else can make it so unpopular.

    Comment by Manila Calling! | May 19, 2010 | Reply

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