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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A change in tactics

.....from the New York Times:

'A NEW PLAYBOOK IN HEALTH DEBATE' -- p. 1 in national edition (metro area got 'HOUSING ACCORD IN WESTCHESTER') : The White House on Monday started a new Web site to fight questionable but potentially damaging charges that President Obama’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s health care system would inevitably lead to “socialized medicine,” “rationed care” and even forced euthanasia for the elderly.For some of Mr. Obama's supporters, the newly galvanized opposition to his proposed policies provided a troubling flashback to the successful effort to stop President Bill Clinton's similarly ambitious plans 16 years ago - a fight Mr. Obama's aides had studied carefully to avoid making the same fatal mistakes. White House officials say such fears are unwarranted, arguing that the conservative protests are getting outsize coverage on cable news. 'Don't associate loud with effective,' Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said in an interview, adding that he detected no anxiety from supportive lawmakers in politically vulnerable districts. 'What is coming across is a lot of noise and a lot of heat without a lot of light.' And White House officials say their August counteroffensive is a break from the Clinton approach, which is now viewed as having failed to adequately address critics
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Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/health/policy/11health.html?_r=1&hp

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