Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pallone Must Have Missed The Conference Call....

....Or Maybe He Just Knows Best

Phoney Palloney complained on facebook and twitter yesterday that "over 95% of House R's signed a petition to repeal new health care benefits that save u money, & ensure you have care."

Frank must have missed the Democratic conference call on Thursday were the new health care message was put forth for the election campaign:

Don't talk about costs. Use transition or bridge language to meet the public where they are and relax their defenses.

You're supposed to twit this Frank:

"The law isn't perfect but it does good things and helps many people. Now we'll work to improve it."

Ben Smith at Politico reports:

Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to "improve it."

The messaging shift was circulated this afternoon on a conference call and PowerPoint presentation organized by Families USA — one of the central groups in the push for the initial legislation. The call was led by a staffer for the Herndon Alliance, which includes leading labor groups and other health care allies. It was based on polling from three top Democratic pollsters: John Anzalone, Celinda Lake and Stan Greenberg.

The confidential presentation, available in full here and provided to POLITICO by a source on the call, suggests that Democrats are acknowledging the failure of their predictions that the health care legislation would grow more popular after its passage, as its benefits became clear and rhetoric cooled. Instead, the presentation is designed to win over a skeptical public, and to defend the legislation — and in particular the individual mandate — from a push for repeal.

The presentation concedes that groups typically supportive of Democratic causes — people under 40, non-college-educated women and Hispanic voters — have not been won over by the plan. Indeed, it stresses repeatedly that many are unaware that the legislation has passed, an astonishing shortcoming in the White House's all-out communications effort.

Read the full piece here.

Will Frank heed the message of the high priced pollsters and adjust his message? Or, will he do what he did at his Town Hall meeting in Red Bank last August and insist that he is right on health care reform, despite his constituents strong objections and now despite even his own fellow Democrats conceding that the bill is deeply flawed?


Candice said...

On a scale of 1-fail, this is a big-time fail on the part of Frank & his campaign staffers. How could they have missed such an embarrassingly leaked memo?

Mark said...

Franky missed that call all right as well as others. Like the calls that mentioned honesty, forthrightness and frugality.
I have been pondering the first act of a patriotic government after the 2012 elections. At first it was repeal HC or repeal Fi-reg. But no, the first act we insist that congress pass and the new president sign is repealing the self serving rule where congresspersons (House & Senate)keep their pensions and health benefits even if convicted of a felony. The effective date is immediate and covers all crimes retroactively. Then, we start the subpoena's. Note to congressional scoundrels (i.e. Pallone) we will be coming for you. Do you believe the ravaging and plundering of America will go unpunished? Guess again.

Susan said...

Pallone turns a deliberate deaf ear to what his constituents want. He stopped listening long ago. He is out of touch and out of time! Come November we the voters of CD6 will show Pallone just how out of touch he truly is!