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Two sides take healthcare debate outside Washington

New York Times, August 3, 2009

President Obama, Congressional Democrats and leading advocacy groups are laying the groundwork for an August offensive against the insurance industry as part of a coordinated campaign to sell the public on the need for reform. The effort will feature town-hall-style meetings by lawmakers and the president, grass-roots lobbying efforts, and a blitz of expensive television advertising. It is intended to drive home the message that revamping the healthcare system will protect consumers by ending unpopular insurance industry practices.