Obama Continues PR Blitz on Health Care

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President Obama has a lot on his plate this week traveling between Washington, D.C., New York City and Pittsburg to meet with world leaders at the United Nations and the G-20 summit.
    
But domestically he is still trying to persuade Americans to buy into his plan to reform health care.  However, that is easier said than done.

No matter how much he talks about it on the road or on the airwaves, President Obama is having a hard time gaining traction on health care.

"I've said to myself, 'Somehow I'm not breaking through.'" Obama said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning.

Appearing on five television network interviews Sunday, the president tackled everything from Afghanistan to missile defense, but his main objective was to sell his plan for health care reform.
    
It is not an easy task with his opponents fearing everything a government takeover of health care, to a proposed mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance, which some see as a backdoor tax increase.

"My critics say everything's a tax increase," Obama said. "My critics say I'm taking over every sector of the economy. I absolutely reject  that notion (of tax increase)."

The president's historic media marathon did not seem to impress Republican lawmakers.

"He can be on every news show until the end of time if he doesn't get Republicans and Democrats in a room and get off TV, we're never going to solve this problem," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

And it's far from there.

A recent Rasmussen poll showed 56 percent of voters oppose the reforms proposed by the president and his party while only 43 percent support it.

The president also faces another problem as he tries to break through on the debate.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll earlier this month, 54 percent of Americans said the more they hear about the health care plan, the less they like it.

"Americans want to hear from their president," said David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. "They want to hear from Barrack Obama, but if you're in their faces a lot, they tend to lean back not lean toward you when they're listening to you."

The president's media coverage won't let up anytime soon.

President Obama is scheduled to be in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly before his summit in Pittsburg, Pa. with leaders from the G-20. But he will continue the TV blitz Monday night with an appearance on "The Late Show" with David Letterman.

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