Obama Administration to Spend $125M to Defend Pro-Abortion Health Care Law

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Obama Administration to Spend $125M to Defend Pro-Abortion Health Care Law

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 7
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Obama administration is unveiling a new $125 million publicity campaign over the next five years to promote the pro-abortion health care law. Obama officials are relying on a pro-abortion former senator and a former official of a top pro-abortion group to make the case for the law.

The move comes as polling data continues to show a majority of Americans oppose the pro-abortion, government-run health care system Obama and his congressional allies created.

Despite an executive order Obama signed, the program contains massive funding for abortions and states are already exercising their option to opt out of some of the abortion funding.

Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Victoria Kennedy, wife of the late pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy, will head up the new public relations campaign.

Andrew Grossman, a veteran Democratic operative, will head up to day-to-day operations of the new effort, dubbed the Health Information Center, according to a Politico report. Grossman is already raising money from unions, corporations and foundations to help defend the health care scheme.

Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will kick off a series of public events designed to boost support for the pro-abortion health care program in advance of the coming November elections that appear likely to have numerous pro-abortion Democrats losing their congressional seats.

But with some of the major portions of the health care law not going into effect until 2014 and with Obama’s own job on the line in 2012, the public relations effort is seen as necessary to bolster his own lagging approval ratings.

Politico indicates the Health Information Center will eventually have a Washington office and more than a dozen staffers. That will include Sheila O’Connell, longtime political director for EMILY’s List, a radical pro-abortion group that only endorses candidates who support forcing taxpayers to fund abortions and oppose bans on partial-birth abortions.

The White House, Politico indicates, will also host 100 simultaneous events, including call-in forums, designed to reach million of voters and sell them on the pro-abortion health care system.

The Obama administration has a long way to go to persuade Americans to support what they term ObamaCare as, according to a CNN poll, just 43 percent of Americans are in favor of the health care scheme Obama signed that includes massive abortion funding and rationing concerns. A much higher 56 percent of Americans oppose it, yielding a -13 percent rating. CNN

Ed Morrissey, a conservative writer at HotAir, said CNN chose to survey adults in general — instead of registered or likely voters, which would have provided better results about the feel of the American electorate heading into the November elections.

"A poll of adults is the least predictive sample for elections. Polling likely voters gives politicians a much more predictive look at voting behavior than registered voters, and a general adult population sample is relatively worthless when other pollsters provide the more predictive sampling techniques," the conservative writer said.

As such, Morrissey says Obama and his pro-abortion allies should be worried because the 56-43 percent disapproval of pro-abortion health care is likely worse when it comes to voters who will show up in November.

"In fact, general-population polls tend to skew too far toward liberal policies and politicians — so this isn’t good news at all for Obama and his health-care plan supporters," he concluded.

And a Rasmussen poll of likely voters finds 63 percent want to repeal the law compared with 32 percent who oppose repealing it. That tops the prior poll with a near high of 56-39 percent supporting repeal.


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