After 6 months, health care law not a winner for nervous Dems, White House giving it a boostBy Erica Werner, AP
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
White House looks to boost health law at 6 months
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.”
Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical voters and trumpet new reforms that are taking effect.
Those changes include new coverage for preventive care and young adults, and a ban on canceling insurance for someone who falls ill.
Democrats are packaging the provisions, which kick in Thursday, as a “Patient’s Bill of Rights,” and Obama is advertising them Wednesday at an event in Virginia with beneficiaries.
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