July 27th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
14 years ago

White House uses LinkedIn as a health care focus group

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/27/art.linkedin0726.linkedin.jpg caption=" CEA Chair Christina Romer asks small business owners for feedback on social networking site LinkedIn."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House seems to be giving all social networks an equal opportunity. During President Obama's weekly address (on YouTube and promoted on Twitter) he asked small business professionals to weigh into the health insurance reform debate on LinkedIn, a "professional" social network.

In a section on the site designated to celebrities asking questions and receiving answers from those participating, Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) Chair Christina Romer is asking what experiences people involved in small businesses have with health care. Responses will also be collected through WhiteHouse.gov and Romer will be discussing some of the responses in a live video discussion on Wednesday.

Over 43 million people participate in LinkedIn, including 12 million who own or work at a small business. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner told the CNN Political Ticker in an e-mail, "This outreach was not only a smart way of conducting a focus group, it's the most effective way to reach out and engage with the small business community on a large scale."

This is the first time the White House has used LinkedIn to gather information.  Both Obama and McCain used LinkedIn as focus groups during the presidential campaign.

Filed under: Social Networking
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. HonestMistake

    I don't think they are going to like what they hear.

    July 27, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Proud Member..Party of No

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 30% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. Yesterday and today are the only time that Obama's Approval Index

    July 27, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Dan

    To All Those Who Say State Provided Health Care is Socialism:

    1. When State Provides Social Security, is it not Socialism?
    2. When State Provides Free Education, is it not Socialism?
    3. When State Provides Unemployment Benefits, is it not Socialism?
    4. When State Provides Minimum Wage Laws, is it not Socialism?

    In any case there is a difference between Socialism and Welfare States. Even Democratic Countries are Welfare States, like UK.

    July 27, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. yuri

    It really is prudent to get as many opinions from the general public as possible, in order to gain reasonable support for the healthcare reform.

    July 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You've got to love the technological savvy of this White House. This makes the republicans $1 million ad even more irrelevant.

    July 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Polls are irrelevant because only older people have land lines. Until they start calling cell phones, phone polls have no credibility. This is coming from a 30yr old. None of my friends have a land line. Furthermore, minus credibility since its a Rasmussen poll. But hey, keep convincing yourself that the polls actually mean something and that the President is failing. It sure didn't help your guy win the election. The rate the rest of you republicans are going, I don't think you have to worry about elections anytime soon; just political funerals. Good day!

    July 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. donttreadonme

    Libs act like a total Government take over is the only way to fix healthcare. What a joke as long as pupetmaster Obama says so!

    July 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. donttreadonme

    If you think that Obama is not a Socialist, then you clearly don't know what a Socialist is!

    July 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. John

    The only reason he had such a high approval rating to begin with is they only asked the groups that would give the answers they wanted. Just like health care, they will only ask the people who will agree with them. But this is true of any pole, they are worthless kind of like a President I will not bother to mention.

    July 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. John

    Good way to reach independent consultants and small business owners.

    I'm sure people with an axe to grind against Obama and everything Obama does will find a reason to attack him for this.

    Someday Obama should just start supporting all the right wing positions, just so they can do an about face and start attacking what they used to think was so important. He could be pro-gun and suddenly the NRA would support the Brady Bill. He could be pro-life and suddenly Operation Rescue would be donating money to Planned Parenthood.

    July 27, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. GaVoter

    My company's financial officer has already indicated that they will drop our healthcare plan if this reform doesn't offer a healthcare tax break. His response to my inquires.., you can always go to work for a company that offers a healthcare plan. Which of course will be few once every other small company pushes their employees onto the goverment option. An option sure to offer less coverage in a smaller network. No Thanks Obama!!

    July 27, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Lynne

    Proud Member...Party of No: Rasmussen's polls are always out of sync with the rest of the polls taken. The only way to judge is to go with the Real Clear Politics average as it includes polls biases to either side as well as neutral polls.

    July 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. TCM

    This is ridiculous; Obama and his staff always putting forth the effort as if they're really listening....his main drive, his main goal is to have power and control.

    July 27, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    All the stupid Republicans have is their stupid scare tactic out dated ads.

    July 27, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. gl, From Pittsburgh

    We can't hear the RETHUGS NOW! We are you Rethugs now?

    July 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. greg

    maybe if I post enough comments on linked in obamma will have me over for lunch and a beer too?

    July 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. jt

    Thank you President Obama you're doing a terrific job, stock market is booming, housing market has been stabalized, auto sells look positve, overall economy is not spinning out of control like it was during Bush era, GDP looks positive, and slowly earning respect around the world, reputation destroyed by Bush Cheney hot headed calculation, well employment figure is not that positive 9% above but if Bush and Cheney were here I bet that would have alreeady been crossed 10%. Heath care plan is on the way, you have done so much in 6 months Bush could n't have done in 8 years, amazing performance sir, keep up.

    July 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Bobby Jean DeLean

    when the horse enters the bonnet, the see-saw will flop. you can count on that.

    July 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Chappie Bullitts

    A problem with electronic processes is that there is no way to verify who the author of a communication really is - unless you get into hefty security.

    July 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Sandy Hahn

    Why won't the administration do something about the REAL problem....JOBS! So much time and money is spent on other issues, which are obviously the favs of the President. But, of course, he HAS a job. Every move, every penny spent by the government should be directed toward creating jobs...decent pay and benefits. E-Verify would be a big help. Corporate greed is fed by hiring illegals at low pay, no benefits, then American citizens support illegals with education, health care, etc. A lot of illegals purchased homes with false documents and income info and now again, we are paying for them. Use of E-Verify would open up many jobs to American citizens.
    Better healthcare would be nice.....but, we needs JOBS! We need jobs to survive.

    July 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Nan Ainsworth

    It isn't the quality of care given by Dr.'s that presents a problem in our present health care system. The cost associated with Dr.'s and hospitals presents a problem. It is so unfair to see average people have to take bankruptcy because of a hospital stay. These individuals have health insurance but the out of pocket cost can't be dealt with. Does your health care reform address these issues? When it does I will be the first to support it.

    July 27, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. stormerF

    Why would we believe anything Christina Romer is involved in? She is an Educator,not an economists,nor a health care provider,Enough is enough no more government involvement in any of our economic problems,they have fixed nothing,all they have done is spend our Tax Dollars on useless programs that have not provided any permanet jobs,nor solutions to our problems....Health care is 1/6th of our Economy,and the Government needs to stay out of it. Health care is not a right,nor is housing,nor is a job,nor is food,but we have the greatest country in the world,that allows you to achieve any thing you want to be...We do not want to be a welfare State,so hands off big brother.

    July 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Angie in Pa

    Great Job getting the Peoples Input meanwhile the GOP Are making fear mongering ads!

    July 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Can you stand the TRUTH?

    I can se it passed right now with the health program being named, THE KILLING TED KENNEDY HEALTH PLAN.

    July 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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