Obama Heads to Boston to Defend Obamacare While Kathleen Sebelius Takes Heat in D.C.

WH says focus should be on law's benefits, not website failings.

President Barack Obama is joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius while making a statement in the briefing room at the White House on Feb. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
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Opponents of the health care law have seized on recent news reports that even though Obama was likely aware the ACA would dramatically alter the health insurance marketplace, he continued to tell Americans that if they, "liked their current health plan, nothing will change."

Leonard Steinhorn, a public communications professor at American University, says the president is a victim of trying to oversimplify his policy.

"This is a failure of explanation and it's also a function of the sound bite, gotcha culture that we're in," he says. "He's playing communications catch-up right now and it doesn't help that the incompetency of his communications has been mirrored by the incompetency of putting together a website."

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