Two new organizations are set to either promote the 2010 healthcare reform law or to fight ongoing Republican repeal efforts, even as the law drops to its lowest popularity level yet.
Pro-reform groups organize to boost ACA
Democratic activists announced the launch this week of Know Your Care, which will promote the consumer and patient protections in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Protect Your Care, to fight defunding and repeal efforts.
“This campaign will be an aggressive effort designed to explain and promote these rights as well as protect against other attacks such as attempts to privatize Medicare and Medicaid,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat who helped form the groups, in a news release.
The organizers are closely tied to the Obama administration and their leadership includes Neera Tanden, a former senior adviser for health reform to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who worked to enact the healthcare law, according to her biographical page on the website of the Center for American Progress.
The groups' launch this week coincided with the release of a regular Associated Press-GfK poll that found the law has reached its lowest approval rating since enactment. That poll showed support for the overhaul has fallen to 35% of the public, while 45% oppose it and 17% are neutral.
Republicans continue to hammer away at the law, including holding an unsuccessful Senate vote Thursday to defund it.
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