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Top House Dem. on Obama’s chief of staff: ‘I’ve never seen him’

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In the wake of the news that President Obama will spend almost $700 million of taxpayer money to promote Obamacare, we learn that White House chief of staff Denis McDonough spent the last three months “soothing Democratic anxieties” over the bill and explaining how to sell it.

McDonough launched his effort on the heels of Sen. Max Baucus calling the roll out of Obamacare a “huge train wreck coming down” back in April, according to a report ran Wednesday by Politico.

However, during an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” top ranked Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott, Wash., said he has never seen McDonough, as reported by Real Clear Politics.

“I don’t know who he is. If he were sitting here in this room, I would not know him,” McDermott (D-Wash.) said of McDonough on C-SPAN on Wednesday.

“Maybe he’s been someplace, but I’m on the Ways and Means Committee, I’m the ranking member on the Health Subcommittee that’s implementing the bill, I’ve never seen him.”

McDermott is not criticizing the law, just the Obama administration’s efforts at selling it, which he called “terribly inefficient.” He also shows how out of touch Democrats are when he stated that his party lost the House in 2010 because Obama didn’t trump the passing of Obamacare more.

Tom Tillison

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