WASHINGTON (AP) – No, maybe he can’t. President Barack Obama, who insisted he would succeed where other presidents had failed to fix the nation’s health care system, now concedes the effort may die in Congress.
The president’s newly conflicting signals could frustrate Democratic lawmakers who are hungry for guidance from the White House as they try to salvage the effort to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and hold down spiraling medical costs. Obama’s comments Thursday night came hours after Republican Scott Brown was sworn in to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy, leaving Democrats without their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and Obama’s signature health legislation with no clear path forward.
“I think it’s very important for us to have a methodical, open process over the next several weeks, and then let’s go ahead and make a decision,” Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
“And it may be that … if Congress decides we’re not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not,” the president said. “And that’s how democracy works. There will be elections coming up, and they’ll be able to make a determination and register their concerns.”
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Obama admits health care overhaul may die on Hill
Have you ever noticed? The most important news stories, the ones that the media or the White House doesn’t want you to see, seem to come out late on Friday afternoon?
I have known this for a long time, that’s why I like to watch the late Friday PM news so closely, I get some of my best material for commentary that way.
It appeared to be a shift in tone for the issue the “Yes we can” candidate campaigned on and made the centerpiece of his domestic agenda last year. In a speech to a joint session of Congress in September, Obama declared: “I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. … Here and now we will meet history’s test.”
Obama won’t be the last. He’s going to keep on pushing this. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will keep on pushing and encouraging him as long as they are in the Senate and House.
Under normal conditions, I greatly admire tenacity. It takes a lot of guts to march into the belly of the beast and fight for your cause. It helps if the people are behind you too. But in this case, in regards to ObamaCare, I don’t think it’s so much tenacity as it is Democratic moonbattery!
The American people, the MAJORITY of American people, don’t want this debacle of a health care bill to pass. For some reason, Obama, Reid and Pelosi just can’t get it through their heads.
“The next step is what I announced at the State of the Union, which is to call on our Republican friends to present their ideas. What I’d like to do is have a meeting whereby I’m sitting with the Republicans, sitting with the Democrats, sitting with health care experts, and let’s just go through these bills. … And then I think that we’ve got to go ahead and move forward on a vote,” Obama said Thursday shortly after a White House meeting with Democratic congressional leaders that produced no apparent progress on health care.
Let me translate that for you: “The next step is what I announced at the State of the Union, which is to call on our Republican friends to present their ideas.” equates to, ‘OK, we locked the GOP out on this and we have totally screwed it up. Let’s give THEM a shot at it and if THEY do a fine job of making this feasible, WE take the credit. If they screw up worse than we did, then we place the blame for failure on THEM!’.
There! You see, it’s not that hard to understand the Dems. All you have to do is lose your ability to think in a logical manner, make every effort to deceive America and deflect the blame for any failure to the other guys and, voila, you have *Dem think*! 😛
“I think we should be very deliberate, take our time. We’re going to be moving a jobs package forward over the next several weeks; that’s the thing that’s most urgent right now in the minds of Americans all across the country.”
Jobs? Jobs you say? Wasn’t that untold BILLIONS in bailout dollars supposed to be the milk and honey that promised to save, and generate jobs? Jobs? Did it just dawn on these disingenuous asshats that if Americans don’t have JOBS, the nation is broke, the politicians are out of work and this nation comes to a stand still as it stagnates into nothingness?
We need to do something about JOBS America! We can start by putting MANY Dems out of work come November! We can continue by putting even MORE Dems out of work in 2012. We can give the POTUS his pink slip and then vow to NEVER let America sink to the level of evil, corruption and depravity that allows a Barack Hussein Obama to rise to power!
We can do it America, but we must clean up the GOP as we clean OUT the Dems.
RINOs have got to go! A RINO, Republican In Name Only, is a creature that presents even more danger to America than does a hard core Dem-Libber.
‘Oh, but how can that be TexasFred?’ you ask.
‘Even if they’re a RINO, they’re still a Republican, and I’ll take a Republican, ANY Republican, over a Democrat, any day!’ you whine.
OK, I am going to say this once again, as gently as possible, so pay attention.
Reach back and pull your head OUT of your ass! Your oxygen deprivation is showing!
A RINO is a wild card. A wild animal.
With a RINO, you never know what they will do or with whom they are going to side. They wear the name Republican, but that’s all it is, a name. Hence the description of RINO!
A RINO is a lot closer to being a Dem than they ever will be to being a Conservative in the GOP. I have had it with those that aren’t REAL Conservatives. I have had it with the idiocy I see from a few readers here and on other blogs, forums and networking sites, that feel we must all toe the GOP Party Line, regardless the candidate, or the less than Conservative stand OF that candidate.
Demand the best America! It is our duty to give this nation OUR best, and it is the duty of our elected representatives to give nothing but their best as well. No more settling for anything less! We can vote for our Congress Critters every 2 years. The true power of this nation lies in the hallowed halls of Congress.
If they are doing an acceptable job, vote them back in and keep an eye on them. If they don’t give their very best, if they don’t do what’s RIGHT for America, FIRE THEM!
It won’t take long for the message to sink in!