LA Times: “Obama’s Health Care Messages are Backfiring”August 23, 2009
I know this is a shocking conclusion — surprisingly, the article did not even mention the vast right wing conspiracy as the leading cause of President Obama’s health care troubles.
Here are a few key paragraphs:
For example, Obama has argued that a new healthcare system is necessary to spur an economic recovery. He also has offered up healthcare as an antidote to rising deficits. Earlier this week in a conference call with religious leaders, Obama laid out a “moral” imperative for revamping the nation’s healthcare system.
At other points, Obama has portrayed “meddling” insurers as a reason for scrapping the existing system.
“One of the difficulties has been that the explanation has changed,” said Howard Paster, a legislative liaison in the Clinton administration. “Originally it was keyed very much to the economy. More recently, emphasis has been placed on issues of fairness and equity. We need to have a consistent set of reasons for doing this.”