With news that health care reform advocates plan to spend millions on TV ads to pressure recalcitrant Democrats and Republicans to sign onto comprehensive health care reform, the White House is upping the ante on one prominent Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE).
Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius plans a health care roundtable in Omaha, Nebraska tomorrow and will later tour a local hospital.
Nelson recently called the inclusion of a government-run health care option a "deal-breaker." This is how the White House returns the gesture.
A senior White House official said cabinet officials "never go anywhere by happenstance."
Marc Ambinder is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.