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

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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of people who have benefited from the legislation — and issue a warning that those people would be hurt if the law is repealed.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

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LMW COMMENT …

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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