Obamacare Outlook: Media’s Influence on Public Perception

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The tide is changing in the media, with more stories putting Democrats on the Obamacare offensive team. At least, this is the view of Washington Post liberal blogger Greg Sargent. He cites a New York Times discussion on how Democrats will be publicizing the benefits of the law, a CBS report about an improved HealthCare.gov, and other indicators, like economic growth that will propel the Democrats to election victory in 2014.

Sargent also makes mention of an interview Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) recently had with a Las Vegas news channel. In the interview, Reid alluded to the Affordable Care Act as being a potential asset to Democrats running in 2014. “This is something that America needed,” he told News 3. ”We cannot have health care just for people with money. … I think it’s going to be good for them.”

Many of these sentiments echo those House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced on Meet the Press in November. “I don’t think you can tell what will happen next year. But I will tell you this: Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said during the program. “We have great candidates who are running, who are concerned about our economy, and are concerned that government was shut down because of a whim on the part of the Republicans, costing us $25 billion to our economy and 0.6 percent of our GDP growth.”

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