WH putting health-care off until … February?

posted at 11:36 am on December 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Politico’s Mike Allen and Alexander Trowbridge have some bad news for Democrats, especially in the Senate, where Harry Reid has kept the chamber locked in battle over ObamaCare for weeks in an attempt to hit the finish line by Christmas.  Barack Obama plans to put the health-care overhaul on the back burner until after the State of the Union address, pushing any conference between the House and Senate off until February.  Instead, Obama plans a “hard pivot” towards jobs and the economy:

The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February — past President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address — and then plans to make a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill, according to senior administration officials.

Obama has been told that disputes over abortion and the tight schedule are highly likely to delay a final deal, a blow to the president who had hoped to trumpet a health care victory in his big speech to the nation. But he has also been told that House Democratic leaders seem inclined, at least for now, to largely accept the compromise worked out in the Senate, virtually assuring he will eventually get a deal.

Internally, White House aides are plunging into a 2010 plan calling for an early focus on creating jobs, especially in the energy sector, along with starting a conversation about deficit reduction measures, the administration officials said.

Both will be major themes for his first State of the Union speech, which will likely take place on Jan. 26 or Feb. 2. White House aides are in the early stages of planning for the national address, but Obama will not only trumpet what he has described as his “B-plus” performance in 2009 but also set the stage for the 2010 congressional campaigns.

This tells us that the White House has done some legwork in the House and found that the lower chamber is not going to adopt the Senate version as is, as Politico also reports this morning:

House Democrats insisted Tuesday they have no plans to roll over for the Senate in upcoming negotiations on a health reform bill, even as they acknowledged it would be all but impossible to reinsert a public insurance option or force the so-called millionaire’s tax on the Senate.

Either move would disrupt Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s no-margin-for-error 60-vote majority. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team seem to have their sights set on lower-profile – but no-less important – differences, like boosting affordability credits in the final bill and starting the insurance exchange a year earlier, which they did in the House.

On a conference call Tuesday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) walked the party’s leadership team through differences in the two bills.

Other differences the speaker mentioned Tuesday include: replacing the Senate’s state-run exchanges with a national exchange established under the House bill, adding tougher mandates to make sure everyone secures health coverage and closing a gap in prescription-drug coverage next year. Senate negotiators have agreed to close the so-called “donut hole,” but they haven’t agreed on a time to implement those changes.

Forget Raul Grijalva’s note of encouragement.  These issues will be too tough to overcome without the House reworking the bill.  That  will either require a conference committee to resolve the two bills or an attempt by Harry Reid to get the Senate to buy a House version (the “ping-pong” strategy), either of which would be subject to cloture votes and unlikely to succeed to a floor vote.

The longer that debate drags, the further Obama drops in the polls, which is why this move only makes sense if the White House sees weeks more futility in the health-care overhaul debate.  Even liberal commentators like the Seattle Times editorial board want Democrats to shelve ObamaCare and start paying attention to the fact that unemployment has spun out of control on their watch.  Deficits are even more wild, as Obama’s OMB Director Peter Orszag was forced to acknowledge when he admitted that he had underestimated deficits over the next ten years by 22%, or $2,200,000,000,000.

Unfortunately for Democrats in Congress, that move tosses them under a very big bus.  They wanted to close this debate as early as possible in order to allow anger over the unpopular measure to ebb in time for their re-election campaigns.  Under the new timing, Congress would have to consider ObamaCare and cap-and-trade in rapid succession, just in time for the summer and fundraising time.  Unlike last year, Democrats won’t be able to avoid appearing in public and being surrounded by Tea Party protests, and those two agenda items will provoke them to even more fury than last year.

The other term for “hard pivot” is “dithering.”  The more Obama dithers, the less likely ObamaCare becomes.


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Wait I thought the dems said that this health care bill would create jobs, If that is true why wouldn’t they push it through first. This bill is supposed to create millions of jobs they said. So if they pass this they wouldn’t need a jobs bill. So where is the money for the jobs bill going to go? Oh I know. California needs a bailout.

Brat4life on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Putting off ObamaCare until February?

The other term for “hard pivot” is “dithering.” The more Obama dithers, the less likely ObamaCare becomes.

Heh. I love this analogy.

If Barack Obama had been the Commander in Chief of the Sioux and the Cheyenne, George Armstrong Custer would have died of old age.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

PS his pivot better fix HOUSING which is about to collapse in the second wave crisis that Geithner promised does not exist…

ginaswo on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

watch what the other hand is doing. trust but verify. I dont believe them.

But, if it is true, they should ALL leave today. Dems and Republicans

ctmom on December 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM

GnuBreed on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Expect a run up on the price of lithium. There won’t be enough to go around if this keeps up for much longer.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM

The choice between the red pill and the blue pill has been delayed? Say it isn’t so, Joe.

onlineanalyst on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I love HOTAIR.com, but I think I shall let this be the last piece I read until after Christmas. Someway, somehow I just need to end this on a high note.

Oink on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Seems like The Won is just flipping, flopping and flailing trying to find one thing that he can actually accomplish.

Oldnuke on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

ginaswo on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

And we still have to deal with the commercial real estate bubble.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Where’s that dipsh*t Simpleton?

Locked in it’s Mom’s basement toking on the hookah and engaged in a festive seasonal World of Warcraft tournament?!

Flyboy on December 23, 2009 at 12:03 PM

More likely thrashing around on her Cheetos-stained mattress, clutching a bottle of Midol in her sweaty hand.

AZCoyote on December 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

He must have gotten the return call from Bernie Madoff for advise when the con is exposed.

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

MrScribbler on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

This.

Connie on December 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Mark my words: If there is no vote on ObamaCare before January 1, 2010, it simply means that the Democrats don’t have the votes and need a little more time (and a raise in the debt limit) to bribe the appropriate Senators or Representatives.

katablog.com on December 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Hard pivot sounds suspiciously like running away.

Has Obama turned his back on the public or the bill?

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Brat4life on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

And it is supposed to save those 2 lives that are extinguished every 10 minutes because on no insurance. Wait that’s begins in 2014.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Present! What, did he just wake up to the fact unemployment is 10 or higher. Whoever designed the Joker/Obama face had it right.

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

More likely thrashing around on her Cheetos-stained mattress, clutching a bottle of Midol in her sweaty hand.

AZCoyote on December 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

ROFL!!!!

I’m going to go with all of the above, and add another. Simpleton is now typing up a scathing email to Obama, to express their discontent with this news…and she addressed him as “race fan” LMAO

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Obama has this knack for pushing these clowns to the point of no return and then dropping the ball. How long will these jerks continue to play along with that tactic?

joedoe on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

And we still have to deal with the commercial real estate bubble.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Now that is going to leave a mark after Christmas sales are finally tallied up. A commercial real estate guy I know says don’t buy anything commercial for the next 18 months, he says there are going to be deals galore out there.

Johnnyreb on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I wonder if Bart Stupak calling out Barry Sotero’s Chicago thug political tactics has anything to do with this.

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I think it has something to do with the rant by the Nebraska Governor on Greta last night. It was priceless and should be posted here.

Knucklehead on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Trying to defuse the anger within the Tea Party Movement. It won’t work Barry.

ihasurnominashun on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I love HOTAIR.com, but I think I shall let this be the last piece I read until after Christmas. Someway, somehow I just need to end this on a high note.

Oink on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Illegitimi non carborundum!

Oldnuke on December 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Chapter 2 of the ” sky is falling ” by chichen little and gang

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

To pass the biggest boondoggle in our contry’s history on Christmas Eve would be like a dagger in the hearts of millions of America. Even Obama, in all of his arrogance, knows that would be political suicide. Its his little way of stopping the bleeding after the democrats have already slit their wrists. Throwing his party under the bus after the fact is only delaying the inevitable until he can present his lies during the State of the Union address. What a leader.

volsense on December 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM

This doesn’t pass the smell test, but then nothing with this administration does.

Their internals must be worse than what we’re seeing in the other polls? CBS b$tch-slapping them? Paterson and Bloomberg screaming?

I’m with r2b above who remarked that if they don’t get this economy turned around, it’s impossible. Didn’t someone say, “It’s the economy, stupid!”?

That should have been top on their list to begin with, but the Dems are too greedy and power hungry to think of anything else.

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM

This ill-timed battle over forcing the US into Euro style socialism will cost the Leftists desrly. Normally complacent conservatives have finally been roused and understand the decades long threat the Left has been. We need a conservative, not GOP, tide to sweep the Left out to sea and start rolling back generations of statism.

DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Barack Obama plans to put the health-care overhaul on the back burner until after the State of the Union address, pushing any conference between the House and Senate off until February.

This is the greatest news since the hanging of Saddam!

“IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS”

Bring in the trolls!

Rovin on December 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

General Obama storms the Health Care Reform beach only to stop the troops at the water’s edge to read a map.

Brilliant!

Obama’s agenda will become painfully entangled in the wire, leaving fellow Democrats alone in a legislative mine field on the eve of mid term elections.

Now is the time to press the fight and communicate with our representatives that we will embrace deserters and defectors from the other side but we will politically punish those who will push the Pelosi,Reid, Obama agenda, regardless of state or district. We must nationalize the election.

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

+100

RedRedRice on December 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Perhaps the bad economy will have turned out to be a blessing. Had it not tanked we’d have probably passed the takeover back in August including the public option.

DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Instead, Obama plans a “hard pivot” towards jobs and the economy

I always knew Obama was the democrats’ pivot boy.

UltimateBob on December 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

We must nationalize the election and secure our bunkers at the state level. We must elect conservatives to our state legislatures and governorships and strengthen our federal system. We must return money, power, and authority to the states. They are the best protection against unconstitutional federal over reach.

DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Sen. Gregg on Fox now saying the CBO says Reid’s bill is fraudulent!

RedRedRice on December 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

So you tell me that Dingy Harry is going to listen to what B.O. has to say!

Watch the Sin City Schmuck still push for the vote tomorrow regardless!

pilamaye on December 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

To pass the biggest boondoggle in our contry’s history on Christmas Eve would be like a dagger in the hearts of millions of America. Even Obama, in all of his arrogance, knows that would be political suicide. Its his little way of stopping the bleeding after the democrats have already slit their wrists. Throwing his party under the bus after the fact is only delaying the inevitable until he can present his lies during the State of the Union address. What a leader.

volsense on December 23, 2009 at 12:20 PM

As usual, spendidly said volsense! I can’t help but note the irony that this “bleeding” might require medical care…. :)

Rovin on December 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

So, the senate will pass this and go home for Christmas where many of them will be tarred and feathered by their constituents. On the other hand, the House will get to take a breather until February. Is that about right?

Reid has got to be lovin’ this latest suicide mission his commander-in-chief has now dithered into the future. lol

joedoe on December 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

AS with most Madoff like schemes you have got to wonder whats going in the front burner when the pot is moved to the back burners.

WHICH NUT IS HIDING THE PEA?????

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Looks like someone in the White House is finally reading the poll numbers CORRECTLY.

GarandFan on December 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I think it has something to do with the rant by the Nebraska Governor on Greta last night. It was priceless and should be posted here.

Knucklehead on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

This is just another attempt at misdirection, and I’m not buying it. The Dems are in full stampede mode and don’t give a flying Santa about what they’re voting for. At this point they’d vote for the bill even if it mandated that everyone have their right leg amputated and inserted…

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Perhaps the bad economy will have turned out to be a blessing. Had it not tanked we’d have probably passed the takeover back in August including the public option.

DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Yep, there may be a silver lining in this dark cloud. I’m also grateful for the release of those emails exposing the climate change debacle. When the House version of cap-and-trade was passed I was in tears reading portions of it.

This last year has been hellish especially for those of us who could see how the election would turn out. It seems like years have passed.

Let’s hope we can slow things down and try to stop this train wreck.

Hope you have a great Christmas. I may be smiling more myself. :)

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Gov. Heineman on Greta.

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Poor Hillary.

It must hurt to watch the incompetence. Think what you will of the Clintons, they could basically get a few things done and might even have a minor legacy to speak of.

This guy is a disaster. And by the way Mrs. Clinton, you ought to distance yourself from him as soon as possible. I’m surprised she’s stayed in her puppet cabinet post as long as she has.

jeff_from_mpls on December 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Voice your support for Bart Stupak’s anti abortion stand. We need to strengthen his hand and encourage others to make common cause over the government funding for abortion issue.

Congressman Bart Stupak

Washington Office (202) 225 4735
Marquette Office (906) 228 3700

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I think it has something to do with the rant by the Nebraska Governor on Greta last night. It was priceless and should be posted here.

Knucklehead on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM
OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

So right you are

I saw it and the challenge is clearly in Nelson corner but don’t look for that liar to change his mind.

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Perhaps the bad economy will have turned out to be a blessing. Had it not tanked we’d have probably passed the takeover back in August including the public option.

DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Obama’s problem is that he’s caught in a viscious circle. The economy is lousy, but it won’t improve so long as business has the unsettled aspects of Obamacare, cap-and-tax, cardcheck, and other liberal nonsense hanging over its head like the Sword of Damocles. Until he cuts the cord on those matters, business will continue to hunker down. From his meeting with heads of small banks and community banks, I heard it reported that only 5% of small businesses are complaining about stricter lending. I suspect that those complainers are probably borrowers who could get loans under the old Barney Frank loan standards.

We’re in the doldrums until Obama wises up.

BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

What better media cover than scheduling the vote for 8:00PM on Super Bowl Sunday.

Bruce in NH on December 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I’ve called both my senators and sent emails today. I had to leave voicemails. Told them again that I will not be voting for any incumbents because even if they aren’t voting for it, they aren’t fighting it.

As far as this headline goes, I’m keeping my eye on the other hand. David Copperfield has nothing on these nutjobs.

cibolo on December 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM

“I’m surprised she’s stayed in her puppet cabinet post as long as she has.”

She’s an Alinskyite leftist too, remember, just one with a little more common sense and life experience than ONoresume .

ebrown2 on December 23, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Isn’t this just a more elongated version of what happened to the stimulus?

“You must get this signed by midnight Friday, after only receiving it at 3 a.m. Friday morning or the entire U.S. economy WILL COLLAPSE!!!”

“Oh, but I’m taking my girl Michelle home to Chicago for a Valentine’s Day date and then shoot some hoops with my boys, then take Presidents’ Day off … and THEN I’ll fly to Denver on Tuesday to finally sign the thing.”

But thanks for playing into my crisis management.

hrh40 on December 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Obama’s problem is that he’s caught in a viscious circle.
BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Of his own making. The problem is that he is so arrogant and so fully believes his own hype that he refuses to make sea changes and thus get out of this death spiral. The economy isn’t going to improve until businesses are sure that they won’t be destroyed by the massive looming taxation of this administration. For some reason these people don’t get that very basic fact.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Present! What, did he just wake up to the fact unemployment is 10 or higher. Whoever designed the Joker/Obama face had it right.

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Why aren’t there more comparisons with Batman’s other foe…Two Face?

Goldenavatar on December 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Hey Nancy, when you gonna drain this damn swamp?

We need to house corrupt congresspeople at the Obama’s new Illinois prison with the American killing muslims…..

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Agreed.

The global economy is on very shaky legs, not the least of which is China, which is in a dire situation. The last thing we need are expansive spending programs in the face of another significant down leg in the economy.

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 12:40 PM

What does this mean?
Is

“very hard pivot”

Just another Barbey Frank-esk term for what National Socialist healthcare will do to the country?

Fake8 on December 23, 2009 at 12:40 PM

If this were true, and Reid was left slowly to twist in the wind, I’d imagine that his Christmas deadline would suddenly become somewhat softer.

Since that’s not happening, I’m thinking “head-fake”.

cthulhu on December 23, 2009 at 12:40 PM

It’s like an early christmas present. – crr6

lorien1973 on December 23, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Wait a minute, what if they throw the health care bill onto the end of the “jobs” bill? Then the GOP will be seen as holding the country back.

MobileVideoEngineer on December 23, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Perhaps the bad economy will have turned out to be a blessing. Had it not tanked we’d have probably passed the takeover back in August including the public option.
DerKrieger on December 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Blessing or not, Statism and a bad economy go hand in hand.

Juno77 on December 23, 2009 at 12:43 PM

What better media cover than scheduling the vote for 8:00PM on Super Bowl Sunday.

Bruce in NH on December 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I think this is a ruse to deflect heat from the Dem politicians when they get home for the holidays and are hissed and jeered at after Christmas Eve services or can’t even go shopping without getting an earful from the “little people” that have been utterly ignored in the whole debate between different color blue Democrats.

The fact of the matter is that healthcare reform will not last until February if the public has solid month with nothing going on to parse the bill and discover all the sweetheart deals, loopholes, taxes, and other flaws.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 12:44 PM

It’s like an early christmas present. – crr6

lorien1973 on December 23, 2009 at 12:41 PM

You real Americans can suck on ObamaCare for Christmas! Victory! – simplesimon

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Hmmmmm Will Bozo still wait until tomorrow to leave for Hawaii? Why wait to take yet another vacation if Obamunistcare is back burnered for a couple months?

dogsoldier on December 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Clintonian tactics again.Do eveything wrong,make sure the Republicans take back control,then do nothing but claim credit for the improvement that the Republican bring about.

DDT on December 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Following this White House is like tuning in to the “Lost” TV series.

Mojave Mark on December 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

….. What.. wait wait. Did I just read that correctly… the Obamasiah is saving us from having the taste of Crap sandwich on Christmas Day… to rescue a possible crash and burn of this craptastic bill?

…..I need to go fetch some popcorn to watch the fireworks of Liberals democrats self destructing!

Razgriez on December 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM

We’re in the doldrums until Obama wises up.
BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

It’s going to get much more worse if Obama doesn’t wise up.

Why don’t they drop the whole healthcare debacle altogether?
’94 didn’t happen because they fail to take over healthcare, it happened because they tried.

Dropping that legislative trainwreck will provide some well needed certainty to the business community.

Turning the Titanic of spending away from the iceberg of default and lowering taxes will be the best way of spurring the economy.

Of course that would mean Obama would have to turn away from his ideology of Statism, but isn’t the country more important than his ideology.

Juno77 on December 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Wait a minute, what if they throw the health care bill onto the end of the “jobs” bill? Then the GOP will be seen as holding the country back.

MobileVideoEngineer on December 23, 2009 at 12:41 PM

First of all, the House Jobs bill is a JOKE! It’s just another carbon copy of Pelosi’s porkulus, sending money to greens and special interest.

Secondly, I doubt the Senate or the House have the brains to attach to two and still show the “not one dime” in deficit cost that Obama’s on record for. But, nothing would surprise me at this point.

Rovin on December 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM

But 14,000 people a day are DYING.

LibTired on December 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I suggest a pivot to head east and get out of town and the country. Everything this idiot touches turns to sh%&.

rjoco1 on December 23, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Now this is funny … And exactly who does BamBam think he is fooling with this crock? After months of telling people all we have to do is spend, spend and spend some more now he says …

I would guess if he were still in Indonesia instead of one of the 57 states, he may make this work. Hugo Chavez pulls this lying crap all the time. But even there it’s getting thread bear.

tarpon on December 23, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Clintonian tactics again.Do eveything wrong,make sure the Republicans take back control,then do nothing but claim credit for the improvement that the Republican bring about.

DDT on December 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Works for me, just appoint Michelle Malkin as special prosecutor to investigate the Walpin firing scandal, for starters, and then watch the whole Chicago thug mob get flushed out into the streets and into the sewers.

RedRedRice on December 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Every time Harry Reid speaks for five minutes, someone croaks. And, who can blame them….

joedoe on December 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM

I don’t believe any of this. HC will, unfortunately, be passed by Congress before the State of the Union address. This is a move by the WH to give Nobama some distance between him and this god-awful bill. Someone at 1600 finally took a hard look at the polls and realized that Zero cannot afford to be associated with this debacle. It’s all posturing.

joejm65 on December 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Breaking: Obama’s birth certificate has been uncovered, and his birth name has been revealed. It wasn’t Obama at all, it was Lou Scannon.

This isn’t a pivot, it’s a flail.

mr.blacksheep on December 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Will they blame George W. Bush for this?

Dire Straits on December 23, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Listen BamBam — giving yourself a grade is so childish. Even grade school kids knows that’s dumb.

tarpon on December 23, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Obama could have been a Lincoln if he wanted to. He could have run and governed as moderate. If he had been just competent the adoring MSM would have been begging for him to be on Mt Rushmore in 2017.

Instead he went as far left as he could and will probably not even win a second term. For a guy that is so in love with himself, it makes no sense if you think about it.

angryed on December 23, 2009 at 1:09 PM

You guys are a riot.

First Obama is trying to cram a healthcare bill down your throat before anyone gets a chance to look at it!

Now he’s giving a month to allow the House and Senate bills to reconcile and… he’s dithering!

This is just like when you say that he’s a rough-and-tumble dirty Chicago style politician… who has no spine to deal with other countries. You just take both sides of an issue – never mind that they’re completely incompatible – and hammer Obama on whichever one is more convenient at the moment.

It’s good for a laugh.

orange on December 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

IF this is true, ALL the senators that sold their souls to the devil must be ready to kick O in the privates over this. Now the Senate gets to see what it feels like to be rolled as they did to the House over Crap and Trade. If this bill will gain them 60 pts why not wait it until October 2010 to pass it? They would sweep themselves into office on the wave of good feelings from the American public.

tims472 on December 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM

But 14,000 people a day are DYING.

LibTired on December 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Yep. They’re dropping like flies everywhere. I just had to hop over one when I walked to the store. Damned inconvenient!

/s

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Maybe stimulus 2 will create 12 jobs which is a 50% improvement.

Chuck Schick on December 23, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Good news, if true.

Alana on December 23, 2009 at 1:16 PM

If you wait til Feb. will Byrd last that long?

tims472 on December 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

orange, you’re missing the points.
A. it’s funny
B. you can’t trust a thing that comes out of this administration.

ORconservative on December 23, 2009 at 1:22 PM

The giant sucking sound you hear is the rug being pulled out from under Reid and Pelosi.

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2009 at 1:23 PM

This is just like when you say that he’s a rough-and-tumble dirty Chicago style politician… who has no spine to deal with other countries.

orange on December 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

No inconsistency there. It’s not a spine that Obama lacks, but loyalty to this country.

As for the OP….it’s sourced from “senior administration officials”, and I don’t believe a word of it.

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Oops, that was supposed to be quoted, not struck out.

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Obama has this knack for pushing these clowns to the point of no return and then dropping the ball. How long will these jerks continue to play along with that tactic?

joedoe on December 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Yep. He just threw his entire party under the bus with this move, if true. They are never going to believe him or trust him again.

yogi41 on December 23, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Would the FEDs ability to print money just circumvent this option?

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

————

Not necessarily. If that were the solution, why would they need taxes?

fossten on December 23, 2009 at 1:40 PM

You guys are a riot.

First Obama is trying to cram a healthcare bill down your throat before anyone gets a chance to look at it!

Now he’s giving a month to allow the House and Senate bills to reconcile and… he’s dithering!

This is just like when you say that he’s a rough-and-tumble dirty Chicago style politician… who has no spine to deal with other countries. You just take both sides of an issue – never mind that they’re completely incompatible – and hammer Obama on whichever one is more convenient at the moment.

It’s good for a laugh.

orange on December 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

It reminds me of the Bush as simultaneously imbecillic/evil mastermind meme of yesteryear….

…except that it’s not really the same, now is it?

I’d like to think that it’s the evidence at hand rather than a priori assumptions that mold ones perceptions of Obama.

Take, for instance, the forecast of impending doom of delayed health care reform, and couple that with the casual relocation of the issue to the back-burner. What is your takeaway from that? Did Harry Reid and his crew not bust their collective butts (and cast themselves in a very bad light in the process) in order to get ‘er done…only to be met with Obama’s response that things can wait a while? Or, was this all according to a carefully nuanced plan of consistent progress?

As far as the tough Chicago-style politics, look at his selection of ol’ Steakknives Twinkletoes, threatening statements about “keeping score,” dismissively smug statements about how he “won,” and mock diagnoses of senility in potentially problematic opponents. Obama has been less than forthright in many of his dealings, and, it’s acknowledged in much more liberal circles than Hot Air that all his promises carry with them expiration dates.

Politically, Obama is showing himself to be a very dirty player.

…at least locally. Abroad, he bows, and reneges on following-through on his sternly worded letters. Of course, that’s a pretty good description of many bullies. It’s easy to talk tough when you have goons covering your back, but bullies often cower when a real fight looms on the horizon. You may disagree when I say I see Obama as a bully, but I don’t think that my understanding of bullies is “completely incompatible,” is it?

You can laugh at Hot Air all you want, but I’d be more interested to hear your cogent counter-explanation.

Enlighten instead of mocking.

BlueCollarAstronaut on December 23, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Poor Hillary.

It must hurt to watch the incompetence. Think what you will of the Clintons, they could basically get a few things done and might even have a minor legacy to speak of.

This guy is a disaster. And by the way Mrs. Clinton, you ought to distance yourself from him as soon as possible. I’m surprised she’s stayed in her puppet cabinet post as long as she has.

jeff_from_mpls on December 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I always thought this is the reason Bill Clinton made a trip to the Hill several months ago pushing Obamacare’s passage. He knew from experience it would be a disaster and he wanted to help Obama along down that road, paving the way for Hillary to run in ’12. She’ll be way past the “Sell By” date in ’16.

PatMac on December 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM

I really don’t care if they say that they’ll put this off till the second day of never. The democrats have presented to the Americans their health care proposal unabashedly. It is unconstitutional. Give these liberal socialist minded people an inch and they’ll take a mile. These kind of people will always be with us. This generation has to learn the hard way because the facts of American history isn’t taught anymore or at least not to the same degree as when I was in school.

All of these democrat policies are promoting bigger government. I’ll tell you right now that if Obama says that they are going to start working or focusing on jobs, that means more Keynsian proposals. They don’t know any other way except to spend money they don’t have and increase taxes during economic downturns. The private sector will not rebound as long as government continues to expand. If the government decides to intervene like they did with the 787 billion dollar stimulus, we’ll see higher private sector unemployment or be experiencing inflation. Single digit inflation in 2010 moving to double digit inflation by 2012. Unemployment may drop below 10% by the time 2011 rolls around but just don’t be surprised if it doesn’t drop below 9%. We might have a million more individuals or so working by 2012 but everything will cost between 17% to 37% more in 2012. Essentially you’ll have dramatically less buying power in 2012 than you do today. Ask the people who lived during Jimmy Carter’s presidency, ask them about the shortages, ask them about the double digit inflation? Ask them about the overall tax burdens imposed between 1977 and 1981.

Americannodash on December 23, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Hey Obama – do you think everyone could have negotiated a better bill, perhaps with even Republican votes, if they had more time? With all the animosity built up over health reform, all other legislation seems to be headed in the same direction. You can’t do, what Democrats did to Republicans on Healthcare, and not have some backlash.

I hope Harry likes buying votes because I can’t imagine Republicans rolling over to make him or the President look good after the way they’ve been treated.

bflat879 on December 23, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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