Healthcare politics were a constant refrain during Monday's organizational meetings for the Democratic National Convention, which officially launches Tuesday.
Party leaders regularly invoked popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in pre-convention addresses to the various councils representing different demographic and interest groups to which the party is focusing its appeal.
For instance, Buffy Wicks, director of National Operation Vote for the Obama Campaign, touted provisions of the law during a pre-convention meeting of the Democrat's Youth Council, including those that allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance and to obtain birth control without co-payments.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a breast cancer survivor, repeatedly touted to Democratic groups throughout the day the law's coming ban on insurers' ability to reject applicants who have pre-existing conditions.
“2008 was historic; 2012 is personal,” she said.
Wasserman-Schultz told Modern Healthcare that although the economy and jobs are the leading issues of the presidential campaign, Democrats plan to fight to protect what many consider the signature domestic policy achievement of President Barack Obama.
“Making sure that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't allowed to drag us back to a time when insurance companies could drop us or deny us coverage or turn Medicare into a voucher system is going to be an important issue, as well,” she said.
The healthcare overhaul was a major focus of attacks last week during the Republican National Convention and now it appears clear that Democrats will try to bolster the law during their own nominating convention, while condemning the impact on Medicare of a proposed Republican overhaul plan
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