Obama Blames Self for Not Selling Health Care Law

More parts kick in tomorrow at 6-month mark
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2010 7:03 PM CDT
Obama Blames Self for Not Selling Health Care Law
President Barack Obama meets with guest in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, to discuss the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform.    (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Blaming himself for coolness to his health care overhaul, President Obama is seeking to reintroduce the law to voters who don't much like or understand it 6 months after he signed it. The White House today gathered patients from around the country who have benefited from the measure, and the president highlighted changes that take effect at the 6-month mark tomorrow. These include a ban on lifetime coverage limits, as well as free coverage for preventive care and immunizations. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26, and kids with pre-existing health conditions won't be denied coverage.

"Sometimes I fault myself for not being able to make the case more clearly to the country," said Obama. Indeed, a new AP poll finds high levels of misunderstanding about what's actually in the law, and more people opposed than in support. And with crucial midterm elections six weeks away, the only Democrats running ads about the historic legislation are the ones who voted "no." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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