Among people who wanted the entire law upheld, I’ve heard grumbling over the last few months that the administration has done too little, too late to explain to average Americans the ways in which the law would help them.
In that news conference, Sebelius left the room after her opening remarks and turned the show over to Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare. So I asked him to respond to the criticism that the administration has dropped the ball on explaining the benefits of the Act to the American people.
He gave what seemed to be a scripted response which mainly addressed the same coverage issues, about how under the ACA the "beneficiary community" has been "actively searching for health plans that have the highest value and lowest premiums," and are taking advantage of the donut hole program, and how the ACA "will reduce overall out-of-pocket expenses."
He then got a little closer to the point I am trying to make, but still fell far short.