April 8th, 2010
12:18 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Radio: White House keeps up health care push

(CNN) – "We still have to communicate" the need for health care reform and what it is already starting to do.

That's the thinking of Nancy-Ann DeParle, the Director of the White House Office on Health Reform, sometimes called the "Health Reform Czar."

President Obama has embarked on a series of town hall-style rallies, including last week in Charlotte, N.C and Maine, to promote the laws that he signed last month, implementing major changes in health care policy.

CNN Radio Political Notebook:

The trips come as Republicans plan an election year mantra of "Repeal and Replace," all the while targeting what the GOP believes are Democrats made vulnerable by their votes for reform.

In an interview with CNN, DeParle says that because so much time was consumed on Capitol Hill politics, there's still a need to highlight "all the enormous benefits from reform, like the small business tax credits that we're rolling out now...[that] really kind of got lost. So, we all feel that we want to get out there and explain to the American people what's in this for them."

While polls show the American public leaning against the overall reform idea, DeParle and the White House are banking on voters liking various reforms, like what's "rolling out this year, a high-risk pool for people with pre-existing conditions"

Ask if it has turned into more of a political sales job, as opposed to a victory tour, DeParle pauses. "I don't know if you call that politics or you call that policy, whatever it is, it's going to help people."

And with mid-term elections approaching, the emphasis will be on what's now being put into place, not the aspects of reform that take effect over the rest of the decade.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    In the mean time 460,000 new jobless claims and it turns out that 47% of American don't pay taxes. The Obozo has Volker float the trial balloon for the VAT tax, and they will bring it to Congress after he runs for election in 2012, probably telling anyone he won't raise taxes. What a scumbag, lying, corrupt, contemptible person you 47% who don't pay taxes put in office. I guess those class warfare and race card tactics by the libertards sure fooled all of you. Easy to do when you are smoking all that dope I guess.

    April 8, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Jon

    What? You are still selling Obamacare to the American public? My advice to you liberals, it is better to recruit Obama to do that, because as Reid or others said, Obama is a watermellon-selling master.

    April 8, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Enough

    Obviously the health care bill is horrible and that's why Obama is out there with more of his lies trying to lie to us and tell us how great it is. Yeah, it's so great they had to make all those backroom deals to get the Democrats to even support it. Sorry Obummer, we hate it and you are out in 2012.

    April 8, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    Hopefully, this message will reach the reasonable people who still have some questions and doubts and help them understand. the rabid right wingnuts who have been totally brainwashed and won't listen to anyone other then the terrorists at Faux Noise are beyond help. instead of a 'bridge to nowhere,' someone needs to build a 'bridge to La La Land.'

    April 8, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Steve,NY

    I thought the health bill has been passed. Why is Obama trying to sell it? Does he have some second thoughts about this bill.? All he does is campaign. When is he going to get some jobs going in this country??
    That's the trouble when yuo get a liberal rookie in the white house.

    April 8, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Someone needs to tell Obama that the bill passed. He is stuck on campaign mode and the switch is broken.

    April 8, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Capt. Snarky

    Who was that said "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig"

    This Bill is one of those porkers......

    Just wait for the other foot (Tax increases for ALL) to fall. It's coming people, soon..........

    April 8, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    "We still have to communicate" the need for health care reform and what it is already starting to do.
    ===================================================
    These tin-earred Donkeys still haven't figured out that the more they have tried to sell this snake oil of a bill, the LESS people like it!

    What it "has started to do" is unite the American people like never before in an effort to throw you radical leftists OUT.

    The DemocRATS just don't get it. Never did... Never will... I can hardly wait to hear all their lame excuses after the November elections. Truth is, the American people don't like their "representatives" spitting in their face and being told to sit down, shut up and swallow hard.

    April 8, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    Yet another Czar. Why the big sale if this is so good? I guess it is because I am a nonintelligent independent with only a masters degree.

    April 8, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, Va

    Please spread all the facts around. All of the misinformation spread by Fox & republican members of Congress have left those uneducated right-wingers dazed and confused.

    April 8, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The "hard sell" isn't working, Obama. The American people know they are being taken to the cleaners, and they aren't buying it.

    April 8, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    Until all the lies about death panels and government take-overs are proven false, people need to be educated about reform.

    April 8, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Replace with what? Federal subsidies for caskets and funeral services? A new and special form of personal bankruptcy legislation for those caused by health care costs? Or maybe open a section of Arlington National Cemetery that will fit approximately 40,000 new corpses per year to honor "those brave souls who sacrified their lives to protect us from socialism"?

    I hereby declare April to be National Demogoguery Month.

    April 8, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes keep pushing it, explaining it all over the airwaves and kingdom come. People need to GET THIS!!!! We are trying to breakthrough the wave of unnecessary confusion that unfortunately has overcome some of our less informed countrymen/women.

    So yes again, keep pounding it in lest we get blamed for NOT explaining it enough!

    April 8, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Hammerer

    The numbers show that 53% of American households pay taxes while 47% reap the benefits. The working Americans are forced to support not only their famlies but also all of the deadbeats and illegals in our country. This is as the Obama regime calls fair that the lazy and outlaws provided all of the comforts of life at the expense of the few that will be responsible.
    Is this the :CHANGE" promised?

    April 8, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. We the People....

    "Push" is the key word here... if most Americans agreed with this then there would be no need for a push... that is what is so disgusting about it ~ it is being pushed upon the American people.... no one wants to be "pushed"!

    April 8, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Bob

    Its law, why the need to sell it. You pushed it on us, all we can do now is bend over and take it.

    April 8, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. truth

    Push for what? Health Care is already a law, right? The White House is pushing for Nov. elections. They know the majority people do not want the Health Care Plan because we can't affort it. They think if they repeat their lies for over one hundred times, people will be brain washed.

    April 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. mark

    more taxes and worse coverage, great bill!!!!

    April 8, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Obama to GOP: "Here, could you hold this rope for me? I'm gonna go get you a chair."

    GOP to Obama: "Why certainly. In fact, would you like us to start looping it over that ceiling fan over there?"

    Obama to GOP: "You know, that would be fantastic. You guys are so thoughtful."

    GOP to Obama: "Not a problem. We just can't help ourselves around you."

    April 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Bob in Pa.

    This is all about the elections. Trying to make people focus on the 5 good features of the monster they hatched and to "ignore that man behind the curtain" and the 159 new federal commissions.

    If you still have to "communicate" Nancy, then it wasn't necessary to begin with. These Progressives and Marxists need to stop playing with our lives and livelihoods, and start getting their control freak jollies playing with an Ant Farm.

    April 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Chris

    Here is something for all the folks that are against health care to think about:
    OH, SO NOW YOU GET MAD?!?

    We had eight years of Bush and Cheney, now you get mad!

    You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
    You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to
    dictate energy policy.

    You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted.
    You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed..
    You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no
    threat to us.
    You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
    You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq
    .
    You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
    You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping
    Americans.
    You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
    You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

    You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.
    You didn't get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
    You didn't get mad when, using reconciliation; a trillion dollars of our
    dollars were redirected to insurance companies for Medicare Advantage which cost over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides.

    You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark, and our
    debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark.

    You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans... oh hell no.

    April 8, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. John L. - NYC

    So, they are touting the things that, essentially, both Democrats AND Republicans agreed about (pre-existing conditions, premium regulation, small business tax credits), but glossing over the direct and indirect changes to your coverage once the insurance companies change their business models, not to mention how it will affect the $$ coming out of your pocket to pay for this – you know, the less important stuff.

    I was already fooled once by the half-truths and misrepresentations (and blatant contradictions) on issues from his campaign...and unfortunately voted for him. Our health care system desperately needs reform, but something this large, all at once, deserves a much more skeptical eye. If they are still campaigning for it, you know there is a problem, otherwise all of the positive benefits would speak for themselves, when you can find them in a 2000+ page bill.

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    She states "We still have to communicate"...

    Translation – BHO continues to need to keep pushing his propaganda and lies and his liberal sheeple will buy every word of it no matter how many times he is proven to lie and misrepresent the facts.

    I believe the CBO – Millions upon millions of people's premiums will increase significantly (anyone with an ounce of common sense would realize it – therefore liberals do not realize it), Millions upon millions will be forced off of their current coverage they are happy with (CBO stated this also), Costs will continue to increase as this bill did nothing to address this, and the less than 50% of people that actually pay tax to begin with will pay even more in taxes.... GREAT LAW you fools like!! Liberalism is without question a mental disorder!

    April 8, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. David Blackburn

    Can't help but respond this this article. On one hand, these are the same people who claim we are a Christian Nation; and on the other hand, all they care about is themselves. Many of these people are "hypocrites" of the worst kind. They care nothing about their fellow man – it's all talk, no walk the walk. As a christian nation, we should worry that our neighbor doesn't have healthcare when they need it!!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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