POLITICAL observations & opinions

* it’s your turn, Secretary Sibelius … please help President Obama and the Democrats in Congress make the case for the benefits of the recently adopted healthcare reform … and combat the Republican lies

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 18, 2011

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius


Jennifer Haberkom writes for Politico (1/18/11) …

  • Supporters of health care reform are hoping to use the GOP repeal effort this week to defend and explain the law, using a unified voice and a personal touch.
  • During floor debate, House Democrats plan to share stories of people who have benefited from the legislation — and issue a warning that those people would be hurt if the law is repealed. Internal polling by pro-reform groups such as Families USA has found that personal stories are more effective than a list of consumer-friendly provisions.
  • Today, the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee plans to hold a hearing with consumers, an attempt to allow more personal stories to be heard and to underline the lack of hearings Republicans have held on repeal.
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said there is an “opportunity for education” during the repeal debate.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is releasing a report today that shows the potential impact of repealing the ban on insurers’ denying customers over pre-existing conditions. The report found that anywhere from 50 million to 129 million — or up to half of Americans under 65 — have some kind of pre-existing condition.
  • While contentious, the repeal bill debated this week is all but certain to end in the Senate, where Democrats have promised to block it.

Read the entire article at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47718.html



It sure would be nice to see Secretary Sibelius take an aggressive lead in explaining the benefits of the healthcare bill, something she failed woefully to accomplish the first time around.



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