I would say yes … but its really up for you to decide. First … this from the Washington Examiner:
With Congress away on recess, President Barack Obama is stepping up his sales pitch for health care reform, tapping online social media in a new end run around the traditional news filter.
At a town hall today in Annandale, Obama will answer questions from a live audience, and also from users of popular online communities including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
“The president wanted to continue the conversation that we started last week with town halls,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. It’s “a continuing conversation about how to move health care reform forward.”
Although the format opens up the opportunity for questioning Obama to a potentially limitless online audience, the White House controls which questions are asked.
One of those carefully filtered questions comes from a woman named Debbie. Here’s the short version but it is a very compelling story. Debbie contracted cancer, was treated under her insurance, lost her job and now that the cancer is back she has no insurance.
But Fox’s Major Garrett says Debbie was well know to the President long before this forum.
The question could be, if the staff knew Debbie and her problem, why didn’t he help her before this? A better question is, if you have to resort to set up stories like this one to get a universal plan pushed through … is your plan in deep trouble?
If you would like to see the entire exchange with Debbie … it’s here, from the Daily Beast.