Gibbs Calls Protesters' Bluff in Health Care Debate
New York Times
August 8, 2009
Facing increasing protests over President Obama's proposed medical reform effort, the Administration has moved into a counterattack. Over the last several weeks, arguments against the health care bill have moved from emails and phone calls into fights at town hall meetings. Crowds of Republicans have been videotaped shouting at elected officials and shouting anti-Obama slogans.
Some of this outrage has caused many within the President's own Democratic Party to waver. So-called 'Blue Dog' conservative Democrats have stated that they will not vote for the budgetary increases required in the bill. Many Republicans have also lined up to oppose the President's initiative, making it less likely for the reform act to pass in August.
The President has reportedly organized what White House Press Secretary dubbed "a counterattack." President Obama has repeatedly urged followers to spread positive word about his plan. He has also asked for supporters to email any "fishy" rumors to the White House.
Press Secretary Gibbs has even challenged opponents openly during yesterday's press briefing.
"What the President does not like to see is people who helped wreck the health care system in the first place lecturing us and telling the American people that they cannot have the low-cost, quality health care that they deserve. President Obama beleives that it is unfair to say to a woman like Edith Haroldson of Hannibal, Missouri, that her son cannot access health insurance because he lost his job."
As the meeting went on, Gibbs continued with the the health reform topic. During one portion he cautioned opponents that their actions were "hurting the interests of the country." He also told CNN host Fredricka Whitfield that some of the protests appeared to "dislike our President more than they love our country."
The White House is expected to continue President Obama's push for legislation. Despite the August recess, Obama is hoping that a deal can be struck by both Congressional Houses by the end of the month.
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