Obamacare P.R. battle heats up
July 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obamacare P.R. battle heats up

(CNN) - As the political battles over Obamacare intensify this week, a political advocacy group supportive of the law is going on the air to help build support for it by highlighting some of the benefits.

The spot from Americans United for Change, "Hands Off Obamacare," will start running as early as Thursday on national cable and will continue through next week.

The commercial highlights news announced by New York state that individuals buying their own individual health care policies will see their premiums go down, thanks to the new law as well some of its other benefits.

"The news is in. Health care premiums are tumbling. Seniors are paying less for their prescriptions. And no one can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. All thanks to Obamacare," the ad says.

"But Republicans would take it all away. Republicans have voted nearly 40 times to dismantle Obamacare, 40 times to take away coverage. Republicans want to take away your coverage and put insurance companies back in charge. Obamacare is working. Tell Republicans: Hands off Obamacare."

The P.R. battle is intensifying over the law as October approaches. That’s when people can start enrolling for health insurance through exchanges set up under the law.

President Barack Obama is holding an event Thursday touting the law as the administration intensifies its education efforts.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed two bills postponing two key provisions of the law - one delaying the mandate forcing businesses with more than 50 employees to offer insurance (the Obama Administration earlier this month announced it was putting off that requirement for one year) and the other delaying for a year the mandate that individuals sign up for health care coverage.

“Why is it that working Americans have to suffer the financial burdens of an overreaching government-run health care system while the same consequences for big business are delayed a year?” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asked on the House floor.
Both bills are unlikely to be passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and face threatened vetoes by the president.

Some Republicans have predicted Obamacare will be a key issue dominating next year's mid-term elections. Leaders in both parties, as well as interest groups, on all sides are ramping up major efforts over the bill and its impact.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story.


Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. king

    my two sisters three cousins have jobs because of obamacare, they on the other hand hired 2 nannies and put their kids in private school supporting my brother new private school business start up. obamacare is going to have 30 million folks added to the law, the law need millions of workers and businesses to cater to such a volume of people, which will cost millions of more jobs indirectly.
    the repubs have deregulate a lot of businesses and tell them that they are free to make money anywhere during the prior administration, so big businesses took their businesses overseas and left our country desolated which brought on the great recession. now that Obamacare is pushing so much money into the local economy, big businesses are rushing back to America shore to get some of the 30 million more customers, obamacare is about to add to the economy. the obstructionist repubs see this as a threat to their party existence if this is successful, so they are doing everything in their power to destroy this law.

    July 18, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The commercial highlights news announced by New York state that individuals buying their own individual health care policies will see their premiums go down, thanks to the new law as well some of its other benefits.
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    Most everyone that I talk to in New York says that their premiums on employer provided health care have risen, and deductibles have either risen, been restructured, or both. Most of this occurred immediately after the law was signed, just as these same insurers had predicted.

    July 18, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |