Obama Admin Continues Health Care Media Blitz

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July 16, 2009 9:36 a.m.
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Today, two days after House Democrats unveiled their health care plan, President Obama & Co. continue to push hard for support on the bill.

MSNBC aired Obama’s full interview with Nancy Snyderman, aka “Dr. Nancy,” at noon ET today. In it, he predictably emphasized “self-responsibility,” saying, “The American people have to recognize that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” He kept to talking points about mandated individual insurance, taxes and small business, avoiding discussing the political entanglements.

Vice President Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will talk health care at a Middle Class Task Force meeting at 1:30 p.m. ET, specifically about how “health care reform will lower costs, cut waste and improve quality for seniors from across the country,” according to the White House.

Obama was also holding meetings with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE).

After the meeting, Snowe told ABC that “We shouldn’t be restrained by an artificially compressed timeline.”

But just a few minutes ago, in an interview with Andrea Mitchell, she said she hopes they can commit to something before the August recess.

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