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Interestingly enough he is still trying to appear principled on the matter.

Obama: ‘no regrets’ on Islamic Center

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

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.

Of course, we now hear from Freudian slip Biden that the bipartisan healthcare summit was supposed to be kabuki theater anyway

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!

From the White House mouthpiece comes the denial in the propaganda outlet

White House Denies Report Obama Is Considering Scaled-Back Reform Plan

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.

and

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…

Me, I recall those days when everyone was calling Obama a brilliant politician event though he barely made it past the finish line with all the money, media and RNC pushing him.

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?

Update

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,”

So, there

Update

So much for the White House denial earlier

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.

In B0botland there’s groaning and eye-rolling

9. Perfect.

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.

and further

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”

Ob-Bush-Obama.gif Bushbama picture by Robbedvoter
36. When DUers said Bush wouldn’t leave office on Jan. 20, 2009, they weren’t kidding.
C’mon! What the hell?

A very little noticed mention in WaPo

Faced with growing alarm over the nation’s soaring debt, the White House and congressional Democrats tentatively agreed Tuesday to create an independent budget commission and to put its recommendations for fiscal solvency to a vote in Congress by the end of this year.

Last time they had such a commission, it was under Reagan. They raised payroll taxes then, creating surpluses used to finance the tax cuts on the rich. What was borrowed from Social Security was never repaid back.

It’s a stealth move of huge consequences

But if the commission approves a deficit-reduction plan, Congress would have to act on it quickly under the agreement,

Jr.jr might outdo W! This B0bot has the right reaction

38. Screw you, Barack Obama.

You should have campaigned on HOPELESSNESS, to be truthful.

Update

Here’s a better analysis of the significance of this

The plan represents a capitulation to conservatives in both parties, and would leave Democratic liberals accepting unconditional surrender not only on health care, but on the most basic of all New Deal programs.

and

In other words: The national treasury has been driven into deep deficits by a financial crisis caused by Wall Street greed, compounded by two wars, tax cuts for the rich, and the high prices charged by health care profiteers. And where will we turn to make up for this loss? To the poor and the old, who cling greedily to their “entitlements.”

The appointed commission is to make a recommendation on the budget after the election and that recommendation then goes straight to the floor of both houses for an up or down binding vote. There are no hearings,no opportunity for the members of the House to weigh in on the proposals….

Update

Progressives react….by sending a letter

A coalition of 56 progressive organizations sent a letter Wednesday to Congressional leaders and the White House asking them not to agree to the creation of a debt commission proposed by Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), which they said unjustly limits Congressional debate and “paints a target” on Social Security and Medicare.

Oh, he must be scared…

Update 2

Another analysis

This would give the commission a 10-8 Democratic majority.Fourteen votes would be required to adopt any recommendation, meaning that at least half the Republicans would have to agree. This effectively ensures that only cuts in spending will be considered to lower the deficit, not tax increases on the wealthy or big business, since every congressional Republican leader has taken a “no new taxes” stand.

also

The commission would wait to deliver its recommendations until after the November congressional elections, meaning that voters would have no say on any proposal to slash vitally needed social spending.

Moments in pathetic history

Now that Obama marches in full retreat on HCR, this would be a fond memory – but one more item needs crossing in red

Jon Stewart said recently “we need to set the bar lower for the Democrats – leave it on the floor – maybe they’ll trip on it”

and the B0bot discussion at the time, last decade (month)

And on edit – remember the sense of urgency to pass this  on Christmas? remember how anyone opposing it was deemed as wanting the uninsured to die? In spite of the fact it was not going into effect for 3 years? Of course it was not about that deadline, it was all about the SOTU speech. Which wash carefully scheduled so as not to conflict with the season premiere of Lost. I guess they were afraid it would be redundant.

My moral: don’t count your chickens till the eggs run on your face.

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