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Live From Washington D.C. It’s Obamacare!!! July 22, 2009

democrats6President Barack Obama will get another chance to pitch his free health care for all in a prime time news conference tonight.  I am not sure if I will watch or not.

I already  know what my position is on it and he is not going to change it.  As Obama faces looming hostilities which stem from  his inept handling of health care reform from both Republicans and blue dog Democrats, Obama has to go on TV when he is feeling “periodically down” and the Kool Aid boxer gloves come out.

While the Republicans were chanting that health care reform would be Obama’s  “Waterloo”, our president became a bit defensive during a speech this week.  “It’s not about me,” he whines.  But oh Barry it is always about you.  You are the one who ran on hopenchange with an air of persistent superiority. The voters went for you like an American Girl doll. They saw something about YOU and it is about you.  Don’t castrate yourself now by being humble, merely to garner sympathy.

ha haLos Angeles Times

Healthcare reform tops agenda for Obama’s prime-time news conference

The president will keep up the pressure for swift action from Congress despite complaints that he is moving too fast.
By Mark Silva and Christi Parsons
11:39 AM PDT, July 22, 2009

Reporting from Washington — President Obama, attempting to “keep the pressure on” Congress for swift action on healthcare reform this summer, will take his case to the public tonight with a prime-time televised news conference at the White House.

Yet, even as the president presses his case, the summer calendar could be working against the deadline that the president has set for the Democratic-run Congress. With House leaders hoping to take a plan to a vote by the end of July, the best that Senate leaders may achieve is a conceptual bipartisan agreement on their own measure before leaving for the August recess…

The president’s pitch at 5 p.m. PDT, to be carried live by broadcast and cable news networks, will serve as a crescendo of direct personal appeals to the public, with Obama also sitting for interviews this week with the major networks.

“I want to keep the pressure on, because we’re making steady progress,” Obama told Katie Couric in an interview on the ” CBS Evening News.”

A Gallup Poll released today shows that one in six Americans — 16% — say they have no health insurance. This matches official estimates of some 47 million uninsured Americans.

It’s imperative that Congress be given a deadline for action on health legislation, the president said in another interview with NBC News this week, because it will not act without one. The default position in Washington is inertia, the president suggested.
Yet, with conservative members of the president’s own party questioning the costs and taxes involved in various proposals and Republican leaders intent on blocking any bill that raises taxes and increases the government’s hand in control of healthcare, even some of Obama’s allies are voicing concern over the pace of the debate.

“No one wants to tell the speaker [ Nancy Pelosi] that she’s moving too fast and they damn sure don’t want to tell the president,” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), a key committee chairman, told a fellow lawmaker as they headed into a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, a remark overheard by reporters.

Food for Thought While You Watch The News Conference. Swallow with Kool Aid.

Food for Thought While You Watch The News Conference. Swallow with Kool Aid.

In Obama’s interview with Couric, the CBS newswoman said “surely you don’t want to ram something through,” and reminded him that it took President Johnson a year and a half to get Medicare enacted.

Obama replied: “We’ve been talking about this for four years. We’ve been studying this ad infinitum.”

“Starting in November, after my election, a lot of members of Congress — including the chairman of the [Senate] Finance Committee, Max Baucus — started meeting and working through ideas,” said Obama, referring to the Democrat from Montana. “So we’ve actually been working on this for a good solid nine months now.”

Obama expressed confidence that a bill can be approved, adding that “I want the American people to understand I have no interest in creating a bad bill. That doesn’t serve me. And it certainly doesn’t serve the American people.”

The president has underscored the urgency of acting soon in a series of appearances last week and this week.

Speaking to reporters in the White House Rose Garden lefty_kool-aid_awardon Tuesday, Obama said: “I understand that some will try to delay action until the special interests can kill it, while others will simply focus on scoring political points. We’ve done that before. And we can choose to follow that playbook again, and then we’ll never get over the goal line. . . . Or we can come together and insist that this time it will be different. We can choose action over inaction.”

The remarks were part of a White House blitz to promote the president’s healthcare agenda this week, a strategy that also includes television interviews and a Thursday town hall in Cleveland.

A poll released Tuesday provided a sense of the battle Obama is facing. By 50% to 44%, Americans disapprove of how the president is handling healthcare policy, the USA Today/Gallup poll found.

It seems that I am not the only one who is tired of Obama and his prime time new conferences. My favorite CNN reporter Lou Dobbs tell Obama to SHUT UP.

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12 Responses to “Live From Washington D.C. It’s Obamacare!!!”

  1. Marcy Says:

    Once it became apparent what liars Democrats and the media outlets I formerly watched were, I became a Lou Dobbs fan. To my surprise, Dobbs is nothing like Olberman portrayed him; and I completely agree with his wish that Obama just shut up.

    I’m going to be calling my Senators’ and Representative’s offices tomorrow to express my unwavering opposition to Obamacare. Between Obama and the Mayo Clinic, I know which one I have faith in to tell the truth about health care (and it ain’t Obama). That he thinks he can sell this to us as a plan to reduce the deficit is laughable considering he has already at least tripled said deficit; and how desperate is he to bring Harry and Louise out of retirement to shill for him? His plan is, like everything he has proposed, wasteful and ineffective, and will make a bad situation worse. I don’t dispute that the present healthcare system could stand improving, but this plan is guaranteed to do only one thing — make sure no one but the very wealthy and members of Congress get adequate care (note that they liked the plan so much, they opted out).

    We’ve got to stop this thing now. Even if Republicans regain control of the House after the next election, with a divided government, they won’t be able to roll back all the crap that Obama gets passed and signs into law before then. So what President Jackass and his minions in Congress inflict on us now, we will have to live with (or die with) for a long, long time.

    Call and express your outrage. Fear of being voted out is the only thing that will affect them; it’s plain by now they don’t give a rat’s behind about this country or its citizens.

  2. I’ve always heard that Social Security was the 3rd rail of politics. It looks as tho Obama, through his failure to learn from the history of the Clinton presidency, has taught us that health care might be the true 3rd rail of politics.

  3. loudmouthjewishbabe Says:

    What is gonna happen when taxing the rich folks won’t be enough to fund this program for nearly 400,000,000 of us?

    Oblahblah won’t anwer that.

    Immigration Reform will be done by then.

    Britain’s NHS will be completely bankrupt by 2011. That was in an article I have in my file. They only have 56+ million people.

    Heart Disease in UK:

    “The report predicts that demand for heart treatment will double by 2020, yet there is no clear indication that funds will be available to pay for it. ”

    Need a Pap smear? No need to see an ob-gyn. Just a GP will do, and not until age 25 in England. Too costly, though gvt is citing no clear “need.” “Research” says not warranted. I’ve always gotten one since age 18 with private insurance.

    I probably posted this already, but what the hell- here goes again:

  4. WMCB Says:

    From a commenter at NQ:

    Comment by Ani | 2009-07-22 22:29:26

    I just read the quote of the night on HotAir…bears repeating:

    Obama took six months picking out a puppy for his daughters but he wants to pass health care in two weeks.


    • afrocity Says:

      That is funny WMCB.

      • WMCB Says:

        I am so sick of this “gun to our heads” legislating. No time to read, no time to debate, no time to put it all out there and let the people have a look at what the proposal is, and think about it.

        When someone tries to sell me something that way, whether it’s a car or a dryer or freaking Ginsu knives, I call it scamming and them trying to avoid having me looking at that fine print. No, I will not write you a check TODAY. And the very fact that you are pushing me to do that tells me you are hiding something.

      • afrocity Says:

        Honey, what do you expect? The man was elected without anyone reading the fine print.

        He is like powdered water. What’s the point?

  5. Canada has a really good health care system it’s called “Drive to America”. Now Obama gets to screw up two countries health care systems ours and theirs.

    Here is a nice quote about health care from and article in The City Journal:

    “…America lags behind other countries in crude health outcomes. But such outcomes reflect a mosaic of factors, such as diet, lifestyle, drug use, and cultural values. It pains me as a doctor to say this, but health care is just one factor in health. Americans live 75.3 years on average, fewer than Canadians (77.3) or the French (76.6) or the citizens of any Western European nation save Portugal. Health care influences life expectancy, of course. But a life can end because of a murder, a fall, or a car accident. Such factors aren’t academic—homicide rates in the United States are much higher than in other countries (eight times higher than in France, for instance). In The Business of Health, Robert Ohsfeldt and John Schneider factor out intentional and unintentional injuries from life-expectancy statistics and find that Americans who don’t die in car crashes or homicides outlive people in any other Western country. ”

    Sounds like we are doing OK without this new “Do it now or will all Die!” health care bill.

    • boldandbald Says:

      That is a great article. There are so many passages in there that I find interesting. One in particular addresses the argument that drugs in this country are so costly. I have always contended that if the government forces pharmaceutical companies to sell their drugs at a lower cost, they will simply stop researching new drugs. Here is the evidence of that:
      “M. D. Anderson in Texas, a prominent cancer center, spends more on research than Canada does.”
      One business spending more on research than the entire country of Canada! Don’t like that new drugs cost so much? How are you going to like it when there are no new drugs?

  6. Not only does it cost a lot of money to create a new drug, but for every drug that does get put on the market 9 drugs cannot be so the company has to recoup the cost of the other 9 they spent a lot of money researching and cannot sell through the one they can.

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