Obamacare is so popular it still needs its own flack 

The White House has announced that Democratic communications specialist Stephanie Cutter has been named an assistant to the president for special projects. The most special project Cutter will work on, according to the White House, is "the communications and outreach strategy for the implementation of the landmark health insurance reform legislation."

That's going to be quite a job. The RealClearPolitics average of polls on the question of health care shows the public disapproves of the bill passed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Obama by a margin of 53 percent to 40 percent. No poll taken since the bill passed has shown a majority, or even a plurality, of Americans approving of it, and at this point opposition seems to have settled into a clear pattern. Moreover, Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing on the issue of health care; the most recent New York Times/CBS News poll had the numbers at 51 percent disapprove to 41 percent approve.

Beyond that, since Obamacare passed, we have learned that it will cost many companies more to provide prescription drug coverage to their retired employees, likely leading some to drop that coverage altogether; that it will raise the taxes of people who have a lot of medical expenses; and that it might not really accomplish its goal of protecting children, much less adults, from being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Veteran network news reporter Linda Douglass formerly held the job of communications specialist at the White House for health care reform. But that was largely considered a job to be done before the legislation passed. Who knew Obamacare would still need selling after the president's triumphant signature of the bill into law?

Cutter has bounced around the administration and has worked for a number of top Democrats, including Harry Reid, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. She "is one of the most respected professionals in public affairs and has an innate understanding of the nexus between policy and communications," Obama said in a statement announcing her hiring. But can she work magic?

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