Effort begins to sell Obamacare to the public
The push to sell Obamacare to Americans got underway yesterday - in honor of the president's birthday. Volunteers with Obama's foot soldiers, Organizing for America, held small scale rallies in a couple of dozen cities and towns.
A race to define Obamacare to the masses began today between the stacks at the Centreville Library. Over pizza in Decatur, Texas. And with a glass of wine in Naples, Fla.
Dozens of communities around the country hosted pro-Obamacare events, convened by the president's foot soldiers at Organizing for Action. The series is the first salvo in what is fixing to be a month of high-stakes health care spin. When Congress returns from its summer recess in early September, there will be less than a month until Obamacare's most sweeping coverage programs start signing up customers in new health insurance exchanges.
The challenge facing anti-Obamacare activists is daunting. Benefits from the law are already apparent, as related by Mrs. Duvall above. But the real economy killers and health care problems won't become immediately visible. Some may take years to reveal themselves. In that sense, the OFA has the upper hand in this message war.
With a billion dollars to spend promoting Obamacare, it seems likely that at least some of their goals will be reached. But none of that will change the ill-concieved insurance exchanges or difficulty in signing up. How the public reacts to that will tell the tale about how successful the launch of Obamacare will be.