Despite the Democrats’ “historic” legislation all but nationalizing our nation’s health care system, the President and his cheerleaders can’t let go of his fixation on health care. Despite his promise in the wake of Scott Brown’s election to replace Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate (which seems now to have served as a distraction allowing Democrats to focus on developing strategies to ram through their unpopular initiative) to focus on the economy and jobs, President Obama still seems fixated on health care.
Although health care was not the focus of Obama’s campaign, it remains the focus of his Administration. In an article in yesterday’s New York Times, David Leonhardt reports that health care “did not appear to be his top priority as a presidential candidate.” And yet, now that it’s passed, the president is planning a “public relations blitz aimed at turning around Americans’ opinion of the health-care bill“:
Reshaping the legislation’s image will take place in three phases, White House aides said: the immediate aftermath; the seven months until the November midterm elections; and the several years that follow, during which many provisions in the measure will gradually take effect.
Driving the message during those periods is the belief among Obama’s top advisers that Republicans have boxed themselves into a corner with unanimous opposition to the legislation and talk of a repeal.
It’s all politics for these guys, the permanent campaign. The Obama Administration is trying to sell aggressively something they just forced House Democrats to buy.
Why can’t the White House let the bill speak for itself? I mean, they’ve already got the better part of the media cheering for them and praising its passage? Why isn’t Obama turning his focus to the economy? (Hey, wait a minute, given the results so far of his economic recovery act, maybe we don’t want him to turn his attention there.)
Wonder why Obama just can’t let go of this issue.