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Interestingly enough he is still trying to appear principled on the matter.
Here’s what he said at a fundraiser (the paragraph has been since deleted from the CNN piece on “no regrets”)
“I actually have pollsters, so I know when things aren’t popular. I know when they don’t poll well. But I was not sent to Washington just to do what was popular. I was sent to do what was right.”
It’s ironic and idealism is the first thing coming to mind when Michael Bloombarg and Barack Obama take identical actions.
Jon Stewart figured it too
Back when the objective was different, in one of the debates Obama said to Hillary:
“If you haven’t made it affordable, how are you going to enforce a mandate? I mean if a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house. The reason they don’t buy a house is they don’t have the money.”
Did anyone lower – or at least control the hiking of premiums when I wasn’t looking? Please let me know if I missed something.
It is not the first time we are hearing of the White House fall-back plan. We were told a few times last year
The White House measure appears designed to entice moderate Democrats and perhaps even Republicans into supporting a health care overhaul if legislative efforts in Congress fail or if they move too far to the left.
Now, bent on his reelection campaign, Obama finally pulled it out, ready to “dare” GOP with it.
Biden told the News Journal that the six-hour meeting “could be pure theater.”
“This could end up not being good,” Biden said in the interview. “But I know of no other way than to just keep pushing, saying, ‘Guys, OK, this is our idea. What’s your idea?’”
So that would explain surrendering ahead of time: Before the fall-back even getting on the table, a fall back to the fall-back has been discovered
Obama Readies a Fallback Health-Care Proposal
According to WSJ
would provide health insurance to perhaps 15 million Americans, about half what the comprehensive bill would cover, according to two people familiar with the planning.
t would do that by requiring insurance companies to allow people up to 26 years old to stay on their parents’ health plans, and by modestly expanding two federal-state health programs, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, one person said. The cost to the federal government would be about one-fourth the price tag for the broader effort, which the White House has said would cost about $950 billion over 10 years.
The article doesn’t mention the mandates, so I will assume they are still in (or else, I would be happy with this fallback)
B0bots are understandably unhappy So much so, one actually wrote
6. Obama has turned out to be a big fat worthless fucking zero in a suit. He makes
Bill Clinton look like César Chávez.
Which if you consider the obsessive, virulent CDS there, is something!
Administration officials with knowledge of current health care negotiations pushed back Wednesday evening against a report that the White House is readying a paired-down (sic) version of reform should the current proposal fail to win sufficient congressional support
Of course, they can’t say WSJ made up the story, so they contradict themselves by admitting
“This proposal was developed because the president wanted to know what the impact would be if he had to go small post-Massachusetts [Senate race]. It’s not where we are,” the official said.
“As you can tell from covering the news this week,” the official added, “this is not the proposal we’re pursuing.”
In other words: “As you can tell from our propaganda news we are putting plan “A” publicly, so stop saying that.
Even B0bots smell the BS on that one
I call bullshit on the article..who besides freepers
spell “pared down” as “paired down”???
I smell a rat.
8. Unfortunately, this Huff Post article makes no sense.
First, they “pushed back Wednesday evening against a report that the White House is readying a paired-down version of reform”, but then two paragraphs down they admit that “a fallback option had been developed”??
As numerous people have already posted, if you’ve developed a worst-case scenario fall back option, you have no choice but to keep it secret. Now the whole country knows that Obama has a plan-B, even if he’s supposedly still pushing for the original proposal.
I like Obama, but he’s repeatedly shown that he’s too naive and weak-willed to be a good president. I’m hoping he’ll eventually wise up and grow a spine.
Others of course are still trying to believe.
This small plan also rings a bell. Something I read in Milbank’s piece on Rahm Emanuel
Obama’s greatest mistake was failing to listen to Emanuel on health care. Early on, Emanuel argued for a smaller bill with popular items, such as expanding health coverage for children and young adults, that could win some Republican support. He opposed the public option as a needless distraction.
And here it is again! Seems like Rahm wasn’t leaving, just kicking some more a* as I expected…
A brilliant politician would have started with single payer – even if he didn’t wanted it. And negotiated it down to what he wanted.
Obama still goes with the “send me anything to sign called healthcare and I’ll declare victory”
After all, it’s only for campaign rhetoric anyway.
let’s give a B0bot the last word:
31. Our worthless empty-suit president milquetoast strikes again!
He’s turned out to be a real piece of work. I’ve come to the conclusion that all of obama’s vaunted ‘intelligence’ is nothing more than wishful thinking. He’s not really a very smart man at all.
But what does it say of those who were taken in?
Single payer advocates were excluded from the bipartisan theater
Although the physicians’ group requested an invitation to Thursday’s summit at Blair House, no reply from the White House has been forthcoming, Young said. The group also noted: “Similarly, requests from Reps. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Anthony Weiner of New York and Peter Welch of Vermont that single-payer advocates be included in the meeting have apparently gone unanswered.”
As for the real reason Public Option has been ditched (h/t kpete in B0botland) is not because they don’t have the voters but- Obama sold that to hospital lobbyists back in August
Several hospital lobbyists involved in the White House deals said it was understood as a condition of their support that the final legislation would not include a government-run health plan paying Medicare rates — generally 80 percent of private sector rates — or controlled by the secretary of health and human services.
“We have an agreement with the White House that I’m very confident will be seen all the way through conference,”
Hoyer: Obama open to scaled-down bill
President Barack Obama is open to passing a scaled-back healthcare bill if the current, more comprehensive plan fails, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday…
Nothing says hope and change like promoting Bush holdovers
Obama Chooses Terrible Nominee to Head the DEA
For all the recent rhetoric about changing the focus of our drug policy and moving beyond the war mentality that’s gripped this issue for decades, the White House now plans to promote a Bush Administration holdover who couldn’t more perfectly embody the ugly history we’re all working so hard to put behind us.
Aparently, this is someone with an obsession against medical marijuana – to the point of putting cancer patients in jail.
Just fucking perfect.
I ran out of straws with this guy a long time ago. My damn back is broken.
Hope a Dope strikes again
I bet Rahm is extra happy. Doubleplus happy.
Of course, since he is i charge of nominations. Still, good little catchy new name.
15. it was one thing when he was failing to lead,
but now that obama has turned into ronald reagan, things are getting surreal.
19. Incredibly stupid. All his moves since MA have been in the wrong direction.
He’s not going to be a great president. More like Hoover than even Reagan.
One remembers the last rally
Didn’t I just read,
right here on DU, that “OBAMA SHAMES CENTRISTS” and rallies everyone to opposition?
His walk can’t find his talk.
Hate to say it, told you so right then and there
They are THIS close to “Jr.jr”
36. When DUers said Bush wouldn’t leave office on Jan. 20, 2009, they weren’t kidding.
C’mon! What the hell?