On a tele-townhall meeting this morning with senior citizens in Maryland, the President focused on promoting $250 rebate checks for Medicare beneficiaries. The problem with this is that very few Americans will actually receive the check. In fact, more than 9 in 10 beneficiaries are expected to be left out. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said as much in a letter to Congressional Leadership
on May 11, 2010.
The problem the President is having when it comes to winning support for his health care plan has nothing to do with him as a pitchman, but rather that it's simply a disastrous policy he's trying to sell.
The American people have expressed serious frustration with his plan going back to health care town-halls in the summer of 2009. People were outraged back then, and they're still outraged now. No matter what label or spin the President puts on his bill, it won't change the fact that it's simply bad policy.
Today, President Obama kicked off a new PR campaign to try and resuscitate his health care bill that has fallen on hard times since being signed into law a couple months back.