Obama Video Touts Health Care Reform Plan

Posted September 21, 2009 at 12:23pm

The White House is using outtakes from President Barack Obama’s address on health care reform to a joint session of Congress earlier this month to help sell the proposal.In a message to subscribers to the White House Web site, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod presents a link to a four-minute video compilation of some of the key points made by Obama in touting his proposal before Congress and a national prime-time TV audience. The compilation is presented in the form of a primer on Obama’s plan, with each of the outtakes describing a portion of it.The video is housed on a section of the White House Web site that also includes Obama’s “principles— for health care and a list of other legislation that Obama has backed and Congress has passed.“Four minutes — that’s all you need to learn just what you get from health insurance reform,— Axelrod states in an e-mail titled “Got a Few Minutes?— and described as coming from Axelrod at the White House. “Take the few minutes and watch now,— he says.In the video, Obama lists many familiar points about his health care proposal, including provisions against allowing insurance companies to drop or refuse coverage, the creation of a new “insurance exchange— for buying health insurance and his plan to provide tax credits for the purchase of insurance. The video also includes Obama’s call for a public insurance option.