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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Obama campaign dropping mailers in Florida to highlight health care law

12

March

dnchealthmailer.jpgThe Obama campaign is launching a Florida effort to highlight popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping, and still controversial, health care law enacted two years ago this month.

Starting this week, the DNC will send nearly 200,000 mail pieces (sample at left and in the jump of this blog) to women voters as outreach events are held across the state. On Wednesday, "Nurses for Obama" will kick off, using nurses to spread the word in their community. The week of March 26 will be dedicated as "Women's Week of Action."

That happens to be the same week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the challenge to the law brought by Florida and other states. The law remains a focal point of the GOP presidential candidates and their calls to repeal "Obamacare" have proven a rallying cry for the base.

Democrats are hoping to counter that by calling attention to free preventative care like mammograms and colonoscopies, contraception covered without paying a co-pay or deductible, and how young adults can stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26. "In the two years since the President signed his health reforms into law, millions of Americans have already experienced firsthand its important benefits and the economic security it provides," reads a campaign memo provided to the Buzz.

"That’s just the beginning," the memo reads. "As the law continues to phase in over the coming months, so will more of its benefits.  New reforms will lower costs and raise the quality of care.  Seniors will see their Medicare coverage continue to improve, and see the doughnut hole completely close. And in two years, every single American, regardless of their circumstances – whether they want to change jobs, start a business or retire early, or even if they lose their job – they’ll have access to affordable, quality health insurance. Presidents have been trying to make that happen for 70 years. President Obama got it done."

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[Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 5:31pm]

    

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