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?