Great news: White House working on its own health-care bill now

posted at 5:56 pm on September 4, 2009 by Allahpundit

Consider this a formal admission by The One that his decision to let Congress take the lead on crafting a bill was an epic, epic fail.

Multiple sources close to the process tell CNN that while the plan is uncertain, they are preparing for the possibility they could deliver their own legislation to Capitol Hill sometime after the President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday.

As previously reported by CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash and CNN senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, the so-called trigger option remains very much on the table.

Under a ‘trigger option’, a new government-run health care plan would only go into effect if insurance companies fail to meet certain affordability standards with their own plans…

Sources expect the president to emphasize the message: If Congress passes something now, it will serve as a foundation to pass further reform in the future.

Let no one doubt that he’s deadly serious about passing this: Only a man who’s truly committed would take the wheel of a car headed off a cliff. And yet, there’s some shrewd — and ominous — logic to that boldfaced part. Evidently he’s concluded that the liberals in the House mean business about not supporting a bill that lacks a public option so he’s going to promise them one down the road, whether via the “trigger option,” some alternative plan, or more treacherously, the simple legislative inertia towards expansion once a government program is up and running. No wonder Harry Reid and Obama’s union cronies are suddenly talking up compromise.

Karl made the point yesterday that no Democrat except Obama has a strong incentive to accept a “trigger” compromise, but I’m not sure that’s true. Progressives know that there’s a bad moon rising over next year’s midterms and that this may be their last chance for years to pass some form of universal health care. If the town halls proved anything, it’s that Americans are ferociously suspicious of any statist encroachment on health care; the trick at this point is to break through that resistance by any means necessary and at least establish a policy foothold. Maybe it’ll turn into a public option (or, gulp, single payer) down the road or maybe the GOP will be swept into Congress and undo it all next year, but their dream died once 15 years ago and it’s on life support again now. Anything they can do to keep it alive, in whatever form, is probably a victory. Expect the liberals to play ball.


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elduende on September 4, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Agreed. We must all read it.

Does this mean that HR3200 is dead?

dogsoldier on September 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Does this mean that HR3200 is dead?

dogsoldier on September 4, 2009 at 7:05

God Willing, I believe he still loves this Country.

Dr Evil on September 4, 2009 at 7:13 PM

epic epic fool

johnnybgood on September 4, 2009 at 7:13 PM

izoneguy on September 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

At this late date there is no trust left. We can’t trust ANYTHING they want. Defeat it all.

Agreed. We must all read it.

Does this mean that HR3200 is dead?

dogsoldier on September 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Who knows? They don’t even know. For all practical purposes HR3200 was dead before the recess. What Obama and Pelosi are trying to do now is find a way to force it on us despite our resistance.

elduende on September 4, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Does this mean that HR3200 is dead?

dogsoldier on September 4, 2009 at 7:05 PM

No, what this really means is decoy season is starting. The donkeys start up competing bills and making so many different combinations the voters loose track of what’s being voted for. Then the libturds try to get pressure going under the “reform banner”. Once a bill calling itself “healthcare reform” gets passed by one vote, it gets turned BACK into nationalized healthcare in reconciliation.

JUST SAY NO!

Fighton03 on September 4, 2009 at 7:14 PM

White House working on its own health-care bill now

Round about the cauldron go
In the poisoned entrails throw
Fillet of Kevorkian snake
In the cauldron boil and bake
Eye of newt and toe of Ezekiel frog
Wool of bat and tongue of Mengele dog
Adder’s fork and blind-bureaucrat sting
Lizard’s leg and White House wing
Maw of ravening salt-sea ACORN shark
Root of Pelosi hemlock digged in the dark

Cheshire Cat on September 4, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I’m just a bill, yeah I’m only a bill, and I’m living here on capitol hill…..

cmsinaz on September 4, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I’m just a bill, yeah I’m only a bill, and I’m living here on capitol hill…..

cmsinaz on September 4, 2009 at 7:23 PM

You are giving away your age. As am I

Do I sound smart? Like Obama?

/

Key West Reader on September 4, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Key West Reader on September 4, 2009 at 7:27 PM

:-)

cmsinaz on September 4, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Key West Reader on September 4, 2009 at 7:27 PM

guilty, but the song keeps going through my mind

cmsinaz on September 4, 2009 at 7:32 PM

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. We are only as strong as the weakest among us. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.

Let’s see, since vampire stories are so popular these days –

No vampire should starve because people won’t give them blood for free, and no vampire should pay very much for blood just because they’re hungry.

It’s not that anyone would begrudge Bill Gates spending $5B of his own money to extend his life, it’s that all the rest of us don’t want our substance diverted to his benefit. The government doesn’t manufacture healthcare — they can only give it away by taking it from someone else.

A “sale” where you name the goods, name the price, and enforce the transaction by coercion is not a sale, it’s robbery. And to tell a healthcare provider that he must provide healthcare for whatever a patient can afford whether or not it starves his own family is robbery. And to take away from thousands of strangers rather than the doctor involved is worse than robbery — it’s government.

cthulhu on September 4, 2009 at 7:34 PM

It won’t be a “trigger”. It will be a sword over the neck of private health insurance. This is a non-starter of epic proportions.

stefano1 on September 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM

ObamaCare 2.0 – This time with more Obama

El_Terrible on September 4, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Sort of O/T, but my BIL posted this on facebook:

An

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree with this non-partisan thought, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.

Anyone have a good response?

Esmerelda on September 4, 2009 at 6:02 PM

No one wants anyone to die.
The conversation should be about a rational, sensible way to:
1. Provide affordable health insurance to all who want it.
2. Reduce the costs of health care.

Given those goals, some sensible reforms could include:
A. Tort reform
B. Portability – insurance made available across state lines.
C. Retail “group” insurance – that is, insurance offered to braodly defined groups, not tied to specific employers.

When these are on the table, we can have a real conversation about reform.

How’s that?

massrighty on September 4, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Bloomberg is reporting that B.O. may try to revive his healthcare plan in the way he knows best……by instilling a sense of crisis into the situation.

pilamaye on September 4, 2009 at 8:11 PM

One bill to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them.

mad saint jack on September 4, 2009 at 8:16 PM

so, Obama doesn’t know the difference between Legislative and Executive powers now? Shouldn’t law creation be left to the two houses of Congress?

thomashton on September 4, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Thank you for saying this. I look at this and think, “here is a guy who really loathes the limitations of his job.”

Hubris.

Mommypundit on September 4, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Sort of O/T, but my BIL posted this on facebook:

An

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree with this non-partisan thought, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.

Anyone have a good response?

Esmerelda on September 4, 2009 at 6:02 PM

If men were such angels, then government would not be necessary.

Fighton03 on September 4, 2009 at 8:44 PM

so, Obama doesn’t know the difference between Legislative and Executive powers now? Shouldn’t law creation be left to the two houses of Congress?

thomashton on September 4, 2009 at 6:08 PM

This is a guy who couldn’t be bothered to write a meaningful law when he was a legislator, because he was spending his time trying to get to the white house. Now he wants to get out of the white house and start writing laws?

Fighton03 on September 4, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Bloomberg is reporting that B.O. may try to revive his healthcare plan in the way he knows best……by instilling a sense of crisis into the situation.

pilamaye on September 4, 2009 at 8:11 PM

This colossal d!ckhead has never learned the difference between Crisis Management and Management by Crisis. One is the sign of a good leader, the other a weak one.

Fighton03 on September 4, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Evidently he’s concluded that the liberals in the House mean business about not supporting a bill that lacks a public option so he’s going to promise them one down the road, whether via the “trigger option,” some alternative plan, or more treacherously, the simple legislative inertia towards expansion once a government program is up and running. No wonder Harry Reid and Obama’s union cronies are suddenly talking up compromise.

Why doesn’t he just lie about what is in it? That seemed to work during the election season.

Vashta.Nerada on September 4, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Let me be clear. I will enlist the help of Van Jones and my dog BO to write a new healthcare reform bill.

TN Mom on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 PM

It won’t be a “trigger”. It will be a sword over the neck of private health insurance. This is a non-starter of epic proportions.

stefano1 on September 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Good point but trigger may be appropriate, also, as in gun to the head of Insurance Companies and Nancy Peeloosi, Dingy Harry and Presidente Pinnochio’s finger on the TRIGGER!

Let em have a trigger and Private HealthCare, Health Insurance is DEAD, as in shot in the head!

This is not about healthcare. The communists own Banks, Investment firms, car companies, and are picking off the wealth of this country one institution at a time.
Its Insurance next with Healthcare being the means to their ends. Destroy private insurance and nationalize Insurance Companies vast wealth putting millions more on the unemployment rolls!

After that Cap and tax will control all Companies and what wealth is left.

Remember when McCain sold out and signed on to TARP? The Dims danced and declared Capitalism and free enterprise dead! Indeed McCain, who had the microphone and power to stop it, and some other RINOS, slammed a nail in the coffin.

Well its’ not daed yet but they are busily implementing the way to pound a stake in both and when the country descends into utter chaos because of their well crafted destruction Pinnochio may very well declare Marshall Law and suspend elections.

Ever wonder why the Dems seem bent on forcing this Deathcare upon us with seemingly no fear of loosing their power?
SEE ABOVE!

dhunter on September 4, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Sort of O/T, but my BIL posted this on facebook:

An

No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree with this non-partisan thought, please post this as

your status for the rest of the day.

Anyone have a good response?

Esmerelda on September 4, 2009 at 6:02 PM
If men were such angels, then government would not be necessary.

Fighton03 on September 4, 2009 at 8:44 PM

No wealth, earned by the sweat and toil of one man should be confiscated by another to provide for
a third.
If the government be given this power it will increase its benevolent theft in size and scope until both are broke and dead!
We are a country of equal OPPORTUNITY thus the thousands flocking to our shores and becoming successful while many born here continue in their quest to have others pay their way whilst they sit idle and beg for more charity!

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE ELIXIR OF FREEDOM EQUAL RESULTS DO NOT NECESARILY FOLLOW!

dhunter on September 4, 2009 at 9:53 PM

I thought Oprah said we couldn’t say trigger anymore. Oh, wait … nevermind.

crosspatch on September 4, 2009 at 9:53 PM

“No one should die because they cannot afford health care”

How many people in this country die from lack of health care? Damn few. If you are uninsured and get in a car accident, you are still going to the hospital. It might bankrupt you, but they aren’t going to refuse treatment. You might not get the BEST treatment, e.g. a lot of reconstructive surgery, but your bleeding will be stopped, your broken bones will be set.

crosspatch on September 4, 2009 at 9:58 PM

maybe the GOP will be swept into Congress and undo it all next year

It has to be stopped right now.

Can anyone name a Democrat social program that the Republicans have ended? I can’t think of one.

RJL on September 4, 2009 at 10:01 PM

So let me get this straight. After flapping his lips for months about “his” healthcare plan will or will not do something …. Barky and his tards are finally going to try and govern by drafting legislation that should have been done before, instead of “delegating” his responsibility to the fringe nutjobs running Congress?? Not that it will make it any more palatable since this will just be more of an end run around the public option to try and fool some more people.

The most pathetic, incompetent boob to ‘evah obtain the lease to our people’s house.

outnumberedinparadise on September 4, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Lord, help us. Is Dr. Zeke involved? What part of WE DON’T WANT GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND!

Kissmygrits on September 4, 2009 at 10:48 PM

I fear he may repackage this take over of America enough to fool some professional panderers!

Arizona, Maine, Washington, South Carolina keep an eye on your Senators as they may be BiPartisanly fooled by The Pinnochio and once again throw the American people under the bus.

At least keep your fingers on the dials until you can vote the bums out!

dhunter on September 4, 2009 at 10:57 PM

I was pondering the potential cost of Universal Health Care – It would be the equivalent of increasing Medicare tax from 2.9 percent (1.45 employee x 1.45 employer) to 19.4 percent.
.
http://www.mnsd56.com/2009090471/how-much-would-universal-healthcare-cost.html

Dasher on September 5, 2009 at 12:07 AM

It’s the Obama Hustle.
Let Crazy Nan &Co. write an insane bill,create chaos,then present the pre-written corrected bill and be a Hero.
Let’s see where Obama’s numbers go after the announcement of HIS bill.

DDT on September 5, 2009 at 1:06 AM


Great news: White House working on its own health-care bill now

Greater news : Congress sent on a permanent vacation
Tragic news : No more third branch, all 9 relocated to Tahiti

macncheez on September 5, 2009 at 3:50 AM

So King Obama thinks he does not need Congress any more and will do this himself?

I wonder if he is going to do this for the rest of his agenda now in the future?

JeffinSac on September 5, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Why give this speech before a joint session of Congress? It’s for the applause. He needs an hour of Pelosi and Biden popping up, smiling and clapping. It affirms that he is still The One.

rgeaste on September 5, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Only a man who’s truly committed would take the wheel of a car headed off a cliff.

Obama will carve a Trojan horse any way he can. He’ll say anything, agree to anything, do whatever it takes to get something on the books, almost anything, something he can build on later.

Obama’s committed to getting his camel’s nose under the
tent. Once that’s done, the rest of nationalizing health care will be easier.

Kill the bill. Kill the bill. Kill the bil.

petefrt on September 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

I need to highlight again the photo used in this piece is priceless. Show the direction politicians lean on any topic. They obviously lean left when you stand before them asking for their opinion on any subject which impacts their livelihood.

MSGTAS on September 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM

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