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Obama Administration To Loyalists: Help Boost The Health Law

From the White House to YouTube, the administration is hoping to rally the troops who have supported the health law in the past.

Politico: White House Works To Flip Obamacare Narrative
The Obama administration is scrambling on multiple fronts to salvage the Obamacare web site and change the negative narrative for the president’s signature health care law. On Wednesday the CEOs of several health insurance companies will head to the White House to meet with adviser Valerie Jarrett and chief of staff Denis McDonough, two industry sources said (Haberkorn and Meyers, 10/23).

The Associated Press: Obama Appeals To Allies to Stick With Health Law
The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount. ... While the website has become an easily maligned symbol of a law that Republicans despise, Obama said it's important Americans realize that "Obamacare," with its various patient protections, is much more. "That's why I need your help," Obama told OFA's supporters. The group has been organizing a multitude of events and social media campaigns around the health care law's implementation. OFA said those efforts will continue, but the group isn't adjusting its strategy in response to the website's issues (Lederman, 10/23).

Los Angeles Times: Obama Calls On His Supporters To Join 'Team Obamacare'
Could the activists of the 2012 presidential campaign come to Obamacare's rescue? With the website for the nation’s new healthcare program mired in structural problems that could take weeks — if not months — to fix, President Obama appealed to his supporters in a video Tuesday to join "Team Obamacare" and help counter the law's critics (Reston, 10/22).

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