Health Care Democrats Get A Rare Do-Over

Washington Post reports:

“WASHINGTON – The debate over repealing the landmark health care overhaul offers Democrats something rare in politics: a do-over.

Democrats, who were widely perceived to have blown the political messaging over President Obama ‘s signature law, are revving up for a campaign-style offensive in an attempt to get it right the second time around.

In the run-up to Wednesday’s scheduled House vote on repeal, Democrats are staging press conferences and rallies outside the district offices of nearly 70 targeted Republican House members, many of whom were elected in districts Obama carried in his 2008 race.

The White House has set up a rapid-response operation and is deploying Cabinet secretaries next week to make the Democrats’ case in newspaper editorials, on the radio and in satellite interviews with local television networks.

Party officials said they will also showcase regular folks who have benefited from the health-care law – such as those under 26 who are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance plans and people with preexisting conditions who can now get coverage – in local and national media to “put a face” on popular provisions.

“It’s not often you get a second chance to make a first impression, but ‘Republicans’ are giving that right to us,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer ,

D-N.Y., said in an interview. “Right now, people don’t realize all the good things in the bill. The more we have an opportunity to talk about them, fewer and fewer people are going to be for repeal.””

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