Now Campaigning, Obama To Ask Voters To Give Health Law A Chance
Meanwhile, The Hill reports that health lobbying has dropped off compared to the level a year ago when Congress was in the midst of the health reform debate.
Politico Pro: Obama: Give Health Care Time To Work
President Barack Obama is giving a preview of how he's likely to answer concerns about the health care law in his reelection campaign: He'll ask voters to give it time to work. At a town hall forum in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, Obama compared the controversies over the Affordable Care Act to the political fights that led to the enactment of Social Security and Medicare - suggesting that the health care law will grow on people the same way those social reforms did. "I make that point just to say that every time we make a change like this, there are some folks who say no. And ordinary folks who aren't following the debate, all they hear is a lot of arguing; it makes folks uncertain about, well, is this thing actually going to work or not," Obama said (Nather, 4/21).
The Hill: Health Care Lobbying Cools Down One Year After Reform Law's Passage
The money spent on health care lobbying has dropped off considerably from a year ago when Congress was in the midst of the health care reform debate, according to disclosure records filed this week. The main exceptions, as expected, are health insurance plans that are battling to shape an array of pending regulations that seek to overhaul their business model. "People may have ramped up in preparation for health care reform and naturally would pull back now that the legislation has passed," said Alexander Vachon, a health policy analyst. "Insurers [however] will be busy through 2014 and beyond" (Pecquet, 4/21).