White House fights healthcare rumors with “reality check”
When in trouble, turn to the Web.
That was President Barack Obama’s strategy during his presidential campaign days, and since it worked then – he did get elected – the White House has decided to use a similar tactic on healthcare reform.
The White House on Monday launched a “reality check” Web site to counter criticism of Obama’s efforts to revamp the healthcare system.
The approach is similar to Obama’s campaign trail strategy when a Web site was set up to attack rumors about the Democratic presidential contender.
Regardless of where one stands on the healthcare debate, the euthanasia rumor sounds like pure scare tactic from critics. There’s not a court in the land that would enforce something like that. And if the language in the legislation can be interpreted that way, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix.
It’s no coincidence the rumor fighting Web site was launched during the congressional recess when lawmakers are back in their districts hearing from constituents, while public opinion polls show waning support for healthcare reform.
So is the White House Web site effective? What are you telling your representative in Congress about healthcare reform?
Photo credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi (Heart monitor in emergency room at Texas hospital)