THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE PROXIES…. The White House would love nothing more than to see the larger health care reform debate come down to a battle of proxies. Among those endorsing reform are the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the AARP, and the American Cancer Society. Among those opposing reform are insurance companies and assorted right-wing activist groups.

For the mainstream, one side appears to have the edge.

With that in mind, as the debate in the Senate gets underway again, the White House is highlighting this division. This morning, this video from Vice President Biden was posted online, asking a good question: “When it comes to explaining what health care reform means to you, who do you trust?” He’s not talking about the president or members of Congress; he’s talking about doctors and nurses.

For those of you who can’t watch video clips from your work computers, the video features Biden, along with remarks from Dr. Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Rebecca Patton, president of the American Nurses Association.

Biden asks, “Do you trust the defenders of the status quo, the people who say you’d be better off if you left things just the way they are? Or would you rather hear from the folks who actually know something about what’s happening in our healthcare system because they work in it every day, doctors and nurses?”

He added. “When it comes to something as important as your health, listen to the people you trust.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.