At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast yesterday morning, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-San Fransisco) right-hand man Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) blamed Democrats for not clearly explaining what a live-saver Obamacare will be when the individual mandate kicks in.
“First of all, all of us who are supporters of the legislation should have done a better job of explaining its benefits, and we need to continue to make very clear what the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are,” Van Hollen said according to The Washington Examiner’s “Washington Whisper”s column.
Democrats now realize Leader Pelosi’s strategy of passing the bill so Americans can find out what’s in it “away from the fog of controversy” didn’t work out as well as planned for the Democratic Party, which lost its majority in Congress soon after.
Likewise, Van Hollen must think the $1 million advertising blitz by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the $700,000 CMS ad shot by Andy Griffith that ran on CNN, The Weather Channel, Hallmark and Lifetime just didn’t get the job done.
Nor did the numerous health care town halls held by Democrats in their congressional districts or the nationwide campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden just after the bill passed in the summer of 2010.
And let’s not forget the multimillion dollar buy funded by Obama allies in the fall of 2010 to “educate” the public on the benefits of the health care reform bill.
Apparently none of those campaigns were enough to
buy shift public opinion on healthcare reform.
Two years after the passage of the Democrats’ health reform law Americans are still split on their support for law. With as much media attention the law has received throughout the last two years, it’s highly unlikely Americans who still don’t support the bill don’t understand it’s so-called benefits. It’s more likely those Americans don’t support the law because it goes against their free-market principles.