It's no wonder the White House is urging Democrats to focus on the economy instead of the recently passed and highly unpopular health care reform. Seniors are one of the toughest demographics to crack when it comes to ObamaCare -- and that's understandable. From a piece in Politico today:
...And a poll by the National Council on Aging found 45 percent believe the law will cut Medicare payments to doctors.
“You can’t help but come to the conclusion that, despite a lot of efforts on the part of the Obama administration, AARP or other groups like NCOA, the message isn’t sinking in,” Harris Interactive’s David Krane, who conducted the NCOA poll, told POLITICO.
Democrats who have dealt with that challenge firsthand include Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska. He recently wrote an editorial for a local paper on the benefits of health reform, noting it “will reduce the deficit not by reducing benefits but by reducing the growth in Medicare spending by doing such things as cutting overpayments to Medicare Advantage.”
But when asked whether he thinks he can get seniors to like the new law — especially after his state’s airwaves were inundated with anti-reform messages for the better part of a year, Nelson was not optimistic. “I hope so, but my name is Benjamin, not Merlin,” Nelson told POLITICO.
Though Administration officials pass senior worries off as "misinformation," it's important to remember Democrats reached record low approval ratings just after the health care legislation passed.
Read the rest of the Politico article here.