Sebelius, a former Kansas insurance commissioner, has given comparatively few public speeches about the law but is the public face of the administration's healthcare policy and immersed in the myriad details of implementing the massive measure.
Emotional appeals about the benefits from the law, which continues to lag in public popularity, also will include stories from private figures. For example, Ryan Case, a college student and campaign volunteer, will speak about how the law would have helped his parents. Case took care of both his mother and father when they became ill; they died while he was a teenager.
Similarly emotional healthcare appeals may come during a video and speech tribute to the Kennedy family, since a national expansion of insurance coverage was the decades-long goal of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
But the law also faces the promise of repeal from Republicans and their presidential candidate, so the night will highlight its political challenges. Among speakers addressing the political struggles surrounding the law will be Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel, when he was chief of staff to President Barack Obama, famously advised the president to abandon the highly contentious legislative push to enact the comprehensive healthcare law in favor of an incremental approach.
And the ongoing political fight over the law also is highlighted by the night's inclusion of Mary Kay Henry, international president of the Service Employees International Union. Her organization has funded and organized extensive efforts to publicize the many benefits of the law and to push back on Republican criticisms of its components.
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