In order to defend and promote the recently passed healthcare reform bill, the government has set up a $125 million Health Information Center, to be co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Victoria Kennedy, the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
The initiative was launched by Democratic activist Andrew Grossman to provide a united front for the administration to defend and depoliticize the reform, according to Politico.com.
"When you treat people with respect and try to understand how they interact with businesses and politics, you can move them," Grossman explained, quoted by the news source.
However, Daschle has been challenged by former New York Governor George Pataki, chairman of the freedom organization called Revere America, to debate him on the merits of the overhaul, which he believes is against the wishes of the American people.
In a letter to the former lawmaker, Pataki stated that "every day [Americans] understand more and more that ObamaCare is a dangerous overreach of government that takes away their freedom, that it jeopardizes jobs and the economy, and that it threatens to fundamentally alter the patient-physician relationship and reduce our high standards of medical care."