White House to Americans on Health Reform: ‘Don’t Fall Prey to the Cynicism’
January 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)— As Democratic lawmakers gear up for the reconciling of the two versions of health care reform, Dan Pfeiffer, White House Communications Director posted a statement on the White House blog urging Americans not to become discouraged by the negative views of reform, by the cable pundits and the chattering class. Pfeiffer pointed out the historic nature of the revamping of our broken health care system, listing the many benefits of the bill, such as the end to denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. And he urged Americans to not lose faith as the bill nears its completion.
Pfeiffer noted that the Senate and the House versions of the bills are not that different, but the media can’t help but focus on “the five percent of differences between the two versions.” He advised the country to keep a positive perspective on the historic health care reform bills:
“But, even as difficult work does remain, it is important not to lose perspective of how far we have come and how close we are to the enacting health reform. The reality is that the two versions of reform legislation are vastly similar – built upon a shared foundation that will provide stability and security for Americans with insurance, affordable options for those without, and lower costs for families, businesses, and the government,” wrote Pfeiffer.
The White House Communications Director then ticked off a long list of reform “building blocks” that both bills are based on, including insurance and consumer reforms and the lowering of costs.
“So as you follow the health reform debate in the media, don’t fall prey to the cynicism and pessimism of a lot of the chattering class and remember that we are on the precipice of a historic accomplishment that will make a real difference in the lives of American families, Pfeiffer wrote.
Leaders of both Congressional chambers plan to meet with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming merging of the two bills, when lawmakers return from their holiday breaks.
Pfeiffer’s full statement can be found here.