Don’t worry. ObamaCare is so hated, Obama will not be celebrating the awful, unread and unconstitutional bill he made a law.
President Barack Obama’s health-care law turns two years old Friday, and his reelection campaign is celebrating with mailers and phone calls to supporters. The White House posted video testimony of people who have been helped. The secretary of Health and Human Services is traveling the country to tout the benefits. And the campaign formed a group, Nurses for Obama, to make the case in communities across the country.
There’s just one thing missing: Mr. Obama. He isn’t making any public appearances to talk about the law, showing up only in packaged videos like this documentary-style campaign video, which recounts the story of the law’s passage. In it, the president explains why he pursued the matter. “I was not going to allow another decade to pass by where we kicked down the road because it was politically convenient to do,” he said.
With the law still unpopular with many Americans, the White House has concluded that it is virtually impossible to change negative public opinions, particularly if Mr. Obama is front and center, a senior administration official said.
Instead, the White House wants to spotlight health-care officials and regular Americans who have benefited from the law, in hopes of draining politics from the issue. Involving Mr. Obama makes the matter more political and is therefore counterproductive to the long-term goal of boosting public support for the overhaul, the official said.
“Barack Obama is not a good spokesman. He actually polarizes the debate,” said one person close to the White House who supports the health law. “The best people are doctors and nurses and normal people.”