Back home for the Thanksgiving holidays, lawmakers in both parties are eagerly seeking out stories from voters about the Affordable Care Act, hoping to compile examples of success and failure as key deadlines for the new law are fast approaching.
The task is especially critical for Democrats, who have fallen behind Republicans in shaping public opinion about the new law. On Monday Senate Democratic leaders began urging their colleagues to seek out people who are benefiting from the new law and to "aggressively publicize them so that people can see the law is delivering on its promise."
"We cannot let people forget the good that the ACA is already doing for millions of Americans," read a memo sent to Senate Democrats and obtained by The Washington Post. Instructions include using social media and other tools to reach out to supportive organizations and voters who can share early success stories. Those stories "will provide us with the ammunition we need to rebut Republican claims that the law isn’t working," the memo said.