Report: White House Plans PR Blitz to Boost Acceptance of Health Care Bill
March 22, 2010 - 8:39 AMOn Monday morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius she believes people who dislike the bill will feel better as they learn more about it.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that President Obama will begin an "immediate public relations blitz aimed at turning around Americans' opinion of the health-care bill."
The newspaper said the P.R. effort will proceed in three stages: the immediate aftermath of passage, the months leading up to the midterm election in November; and the next few years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
"The Republicans have way overshot the runway in their criticism of health reform," the Post quoted White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer as saying.
On Monday morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius she believes people who dislike the bill will feel better as they learn more about it.
She told CBS's "The Early Show" she thought that "what's been going on for the better part of the year is a lot of attempts to confuse and scare Americans." Sebelius said people "will be happy" with the legislation once they learn more about how it changes the rules governing how insurance companies operate.
But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday denounced what he called the "government takeover" of health care.
McCain said Republicans "will challenge it every place we can," and he called the legislation "terribly wrong for America." McCain said he was repulsed by "all this euphoria going on" and argued that "outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry. They don't like it and we're going to repeal this."
(The Associated Press contributed some of the information used in this report.)