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OFA launches ‘Truth Team’ to defend Obamacare, other White House policies


President Obama addresses an Organizing for Action summit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) President Obama addresses an Organizing for Action summit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Organizing for Action is launching a "Truth Team" Thursday that will enlist its supporters in efforts to counter criticism of the Affordable Act Act and other White House policies, according to the group's officials.

The non-profit associated with President Obama has established a separate Facebook and Twitter account, that will provide its self-described "truth tellers" with statistics and background they can use to tout Obamacare's benefits. While the campaign is launching during the August recess, the aides said, it would continue beyond that.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) will kick off the effort late Thursday with an e-mail to OFA supporters, under the subject heading, "fight back-join OFA's truth team."

Recounting how relatives, friends and neighbors can often be misinformed about the president's policies, Patrick writes in the e-mail obtained by The Washington Post, "By signing up for Truth Team, you'll get tip sheets, regular updates, and all the facts and figures you need to make sure your friends, family, and coworkers know the facts... Having a group of dedicated folks on your side to fight back against the lies is crucial. Trust me, I know, and it makes a difference."

Patrick--who touts the fact that after adopting universal health care in his state "98 percent of Massachusetts residents are insured, we are healthier, and it has not been a budget buster"--complains that the critics who have spend $385 million attacking the health care overhaul "see Obamacare as a significant policy victory for our President, and they want to do everything they can to undermine that. Same old pattern: hurt the President even if it hurts the country. Just disgusting."

Both elected Republican officials and their affiliated groups have launched a slew of attacks against the health-care law in recent weeks, an effort that will only ramp up as lawmakers return home for the August break.

Countering these attacks, the governor promises, is "easy -- and it can actually be pretty fun. Above all, it's really important."

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.



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