WH won’t release video of Obama thanking librarians for pushing Obamacare

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Last month, the White House kicked off an initiative – in conjunction with the American Library Association – that would pay librarians to help the public understand Obamacare. This effort tapped libraries because they are considered an influential resource in their communities.

But now, the most transparent administration in history has vetoed public viewing of a video, recorded for Sunday’s American Library Association conference, in which Obama thanks librarians for helping people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The District Dispatch, a web site for the library association’s Washington office made this announcement:

The special message from the White House will air on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 8:30a.m. in the McCormick Convention Center, room South 100C. President Obama will discuss ways that libraries will serve as a place where consumers can seek information about and enroll in the health insurance marketplace that will begin October 1, 2013.

Shortly after the video announcement, the ALA Washington Office will team up with several organizations and government agencies to host “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1,” a session that will teach library leaders how to serve patrons with the new Affordable Care Act program. The session will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 1:00–2:30p.m. in McCormick Place Convention Center room S501BCD.

“We were specifically told by the White House to only show it [the video] once to conference attendees, and [the] White House said we aren’t able to send it out,” Jazzy Wright, press officer the library association’s Washington, D.C. office, told the Washington Examiner.

During its annual meeting in Chicago last weekend the association, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) foundation, agreed to “navigate” the issue by handing out White House-approved information and to help the president spread the word about Obamacare, according to the Examiner.

A White House spokesman would not comment on why the video would not be shared with the public. Sports teams and other organizations have declined requests to help promote Obamacare, and the mandate requiring employers to provide minimum standards of health insurance has been delayed.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
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  • John A

    The most transparent administration ever! Thank you America. The second term has already exceeded my expectations!

  • http://SafeLibraries.blogspot.com/ Dan Kleinman of Safe

    Librarians Refuse ALA Obamacare Push; Wanted: Video of President Obama Speech at ALA Conference; Lenny Kravitz's Message for Librarians

    http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2013/07/librari

  • ML/NJ

    It simply doesn't exist any more, don't you see; sort of like Trotsky.

  • Dis

    Deception is his first choice, caught out he will lie. He never changes course, compromise is everyone giving up their opinion and doing it his way. He uses the media to say " others won't compromise" and perverts reality. He hopes spend as much as possible so there is no going back only " forward". He is the worst President ever and should be impeached.

  • Maggie

    This is so easy to combat…just got to the library with your child/children and do not allow them to participate,or notify your schoolboard that you are protesting that this adult,political action will not be tolerated in the schools for which you pay takes. Make some noise,do not be afraid to say no!

  • Doug Hanks

    Can the video be checked out of the library?