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Obama: Accept Plan Or ‘Reconciliation’

From the ‘healthcare reform’ lobbyists at the (UK based) Reuters:

A [AFP] graphic comparing the average per capita health care cost and life expectancy in the developed world.

Obama: Healthcare reform can’t wait a generation

By Matt Spetalnick Sat Feb 27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to spark momentum for a final push to revive his stalled healthcare overhaul, insisting that Americans "cannot wait another generation for us to act."

Two days after a healthcare summit that produced no Republican converts, Obama used his weekly radio address to try to rally public support for a Democratic bid to press ahead with reform legislation, with or without bipartisan agreement.

The White House said Obama would announce a decision next week on "the way forward" on healthcare, signaling his patience is running thin with Republicans who have demanded he scrap his year-old approach and start over.

Facing limited options, Obama’s aides and fellow Democrats are focusing on prospects for resorting to a parliamentary tactic called reconciliation that would bypass the need for Republican support and allow approval by a simple majority vote in the Democratic-led Congress

"I am eager and willing to move forward with members of both parties on health care if the other side is serious about coming together to resolve our differences and get this done," Obama said. "But I also believe that we cannot lose the opportunity to meet this challenge."

"The tens of millions of men and women who cannot afford their health insurance cannot wait another generation for us to act," he said. ..

Democrats in the Senate and House approved healthcare bills last year that would reshape the troubled U.S. system by cutting costs, regulating insurers and expanding coverage to many uninsured people.

But efforts to merge the different measures and send a final version to Obama collapsed in January after Democrats lost their crucial 60th Senate vote in a special election in Massachusetts.

Democrats could be ready to forge ahead with the overhaul through the reconciliation process after evaluating the prospects of passing either a scaled-back version that could attract Republicans or breaking up the overhaul into pieces

"Some of these disagreements we may be able to resolve. Some we may not," Obama said. "It is time for us to come together. It is time for us to act."

Reiterating one of his main themes from the summit, Obama urged lawmakers to "move past the bickering and the game-playing that holds us back." …

Ah, yes. Mr. Obama is telling the Republicans to accept the Democrat plan or have it forced through with ‘reconciliation.’

That is surely the new tone of bipartisanship he promised after Scott Brown’s victory.

By the way, in their zeal for ‘healthcare reform’ Yahoo news has published a graphic from the Agence France-Pressee with this Reuters article.

But what such graphic and claims in general neglect to point out is that in countries with socialized medicine the cost is found in more than just medical expenses.

That is, the cost for healthcare has been built into the tax system so that it shows up every time you buy any item. The costs are higher for practically everything in Europe and other countries with nationalized healthcare.

Which is why Europeans fly to the US just to shop.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Obama: Accept Plan Or ‘Reconciliation’”

  1. proreason says:

    propaganda 101

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    “Two days after a healthcare summit that produced no Republican converts, Obama used his weekly radio address to try to rally public support for a Democratic bid to press ahead with reform legislation, with or without bipartisan agreement.”

    Please, please, please keep promoting. Every time you do American opposition to pass your idea of heath care reform increases. By all means, use reconciliation. I personally look forward to the democraps getting the ol’ boot in 2010.

  3. Laree says:

    What happens if the Progressives can’t deliver universal health care? What happens to the Progressive Movement? And what does George Soros get out of all of this?


  4. njyankee says:

    “Which is why Europeans fly to the US just to shop.”

    This is absolutely true. I live right next to New York City and these Europeans fly in with empty suitcases just so they can fill them up on “cheap” stuff. I can’t say I blame them though, it is the essence of capitalism (eventhough they denounce capitalism publicly every chance they get).

    • jobeth says:

      Ditto..my inlaws to that each time they fly in from the UK. Things are REALLY expensive there.

    • Confucius says:

      This is true other ways too.

      There are Americans who fly to Hong Kong for the sole purpose of buying high-end jewelry and clothing because it’s cheaper there.

      There are Americans who fly to India and South America for plastic surgery because it’s cheaper there.

      There was a time not to long ago when Americans flew to Europe to buy luxury automobiles. Because the U.S. dollar was stronger then, they could buy a BMW for less than stateside.

  5. P. Aaron says:

    Reuters: the troubled U.S. system??? What kinda ‘untroubled’ system do they have in Britain?

  6. canary says:

    Why don’t the Republicans read what Obama wrote in his Hope book in chapter on Opportunities, where he says the country is too poor now to do his once planned outline, which meant going very slowly and letting the medical profession model it. I just have to wonder why the Republicans don’t read outline what he wrote. The only thing that changed is that Obama didn’t follow his advice at that point, and that was before he bought the banks & autos out, saved houses that were unsavable, and handed out money with no accountability. Why doesn’t someone point
    out that Obama wrote Pelosi practices a perverse liberalism. How about ask people do you want to live on the streets and have better health care.
    Obama isn’t cutting Republicans any slack, and the Republican sheep need to stop leading the sheep to the slaughter. Show the people Obama’s true colors.

  7. bill says:

    Hugo Chavez also announces weekly the way forward … Our two-bit tin pot thinks he is standing there with Odinga talking to all those dancing, shouting, shoeless Kenyans yelling and screaming shoving their machetes skyward. Sorry Obama, wrong country.

  8. Tater Salad says:

    Every Democrat will eventually become unemployed who votes for this socialist if an when it goes to “reconciliation”. Go ahead and do it then! The Democratic Party will no longer exist after 2010 and after. Trust us! They have put socialized healthcare above the Constitution of the United States. Healthcare reform can be done sensibly in increments and correctly.

  9. U NO HOO says:

    “I and my family deserve health care at any cost.” BHO

    The rest of you can just wait in line for Cuba.

    That will bring costs down and save money for the SEIU slush fund.

  10. Laree says:

    I think Obamacare died the evening Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Does everyone really believe that the non Progressive Democrats have not noticed which way the tide has turned? We are in the midst of a realignment back to Center Right. Perhaps the members of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives will sacrifice themselves all 83 of them but they need more than just their own numbers to move this legislation that is so unpopular. I think McDonnell in Virginia, Christie in New Jersey, and Brown in Massachusetts, sent a very loud clear message.

    • proreason says:

      “I think Obamacare died the evening Scott Brown was elected ”

      Let’s hope you are right.

      But there is a school of thought that thinks the dim dems might think that all the damage that can be done has already been done and they don’t have anything to lose by voting for their lifelong wet dream of total power. If they have to go down in flames, they might as well go down having achieved the glory of destroying the country.

  11. wirenut says:

    When will Obama figure it out? The more we get lectured to, the more “we” get it, and don’t want any part of it. Maybe the next speech will sweep me off my feet. I think I can hold out longer then he can read a teleprompter.

  12. Mithrandir says:

    “….it produced no converts.” –meaning, “The Republicans were too stubborn to listen.”

    When, it could have been more accurately written,

    “Obama was unable to persuade….”
    “Obama’s plan provided no additional information or change from the original plan to make the meeting productive.”
    “Obama’s arrogant ‘holding court’ for the same policies the American people already rejected, produced no results.”

    Just look at famous government cost overruns, and ask yourself if gov’t is even able to operate anything within budget: http://www.cato.org/pubs/tbb/tbb-0309-17.pdf

    I think Democrats will ‘RUE THE DAY’ they ram this monstrosity through with reconciliation. They will not be the majority forever, and when the Republicans get in, we will see how much the Democrat minority has a say in public policy.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And, if we think we’re seeing a democrat tantrum now, wait until they are shoved into minority status once again. The screams will be deafening.

      You nailed it, Mith.

  13. jobeth says:

    Every single day there is another drip, drip, drip, from O’Balmy in new ways to fundamentally change destroy this country.

    He gets more bold and it becomes more clear every day.

    I understand Pelosi is supposed to be making her rounds on the MSM today saying that even though it may mean the dems lose more seats, they must pass this health care! (source Fox News)

    He doesn’t care about his grandma…his illegal old Aunt…His “poor” Kenyan brother…why would he care if people lose their seats in congress.

    In fact when he gets finished I expect he’ll make every attempt to get rid of those seats….Totalitarians don’t have to worry about Senates and House seats.

  14. Tater Salad says:

    Baumol Cost Disease/Healthcare Reform:

    What afflicts the American health care system (and those of other industrialized nations) is called Baumol’s cost disease. It is named for William J. Baumol, an economist at New York University, who turns 88 next month. And it explains why health care costs will almost certainly continue to rise faster than general inflation, and why Democrats might not want to set expectations too high when it comes to their health care bill.



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