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Frank Booth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-02-09 09:50 PM
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Obama Aides Aim to Simplify and Scale Back Health Bills (Obama still backing public option)
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Edited on Wed Sep-02-09 10:36 PM by Frank Booth
Source: NYTimes

President Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress next week in an effort to rally support for health care legislation as White House officials look for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills, lower the cost and drop contentious but nonessential elements.

Administration officials said Wednesday that Mr. Obama would be more specific than he has been to date about what he wants included in the plan. Doing so amounts to an acknowledgment that the presidents prior tactic of laying out broad principles and leaving Congress to fill in the details was no longer working and that Mr. Obama needed to become more personally involved in shaping the outcome.

But the officials said Mr. Obama was unlikely to unveil a detailed legislative plan of his own. And they insisted that Mr. Obama had not given up on the provision that has attracted the most fire from the right, a proposal for a government-run competitor to private insurers, although many Democrats say the proposal may eventually be jettisoned.


For now, White House officials said, Mr. Obama remains committed to the goal of insuring all Americans and still prefers to foster competition for insurance companies by creating a new government insurance program, or public option.

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The "for now" part is worrisome, but this article provides yet more proof that Politico is a rag that shouldn't be taken seriously.
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  -Obama Aides Aim to Simplify and Scale Back Health Bills (Obama still backing public option) Frank Booth  Sep-02-09 09:50 PM   #0 
  - here......Medicare 4 all.  yourout   Sep-02-09 09:52 PM   #1 
  - that's simple enough for me  tomm2thumbs   Sep-03-09 02:40 AM   #16 
  - invite the democratic leadership to the white house  xchrom   Sep-02-09 09:54 PM   #2 
  - 2 Simple messages, "healthcare not disease care". "healthcare not wealthcare". n/t  byebyegop   Sep-02-09 09:59 PM   #3 
  - "For now"  DJ13   Sep-02-09 09:59 PM   #4 
  - But Mr. Limpet ...  HDPaulG   Sep-02-09 10:45 PM   #6 
  - LOL  THale2   Sep-03-09 12:49 AM   #11 
  - Who are the 'many' anonymous Democrats predicting P.O. will be jettisoned.  MarjorieG   Sep-02-09 10:01 PM   #5 
  - When Obama says he will not sign a bill without a strong public option, let me know.  No Elephants   Sep-03-09 02:03 PM   #21 
  - Americans deserve the same access to health care that Congress has  Betty   Sep-02-09 10:48 PM   #7 
  - Haven't read the newest changes....  Veilex   Sep-02-09 11:32 PM   #8 
  - All bills voted out of committee thus far have a mandate  laughingliberal   Sep-03-09 01:10 AM   #13 
  - A bail out for a wildly profitable sector that needs no bailing out whatever.  No Elephants   Sep-03-09 01:56 PM   #19 
  - Where is all the political capital we gained  Alcibiades   Sep-02-09 11:45 PM   #9 
  - what a weak statement  tooeyeten   Sep-03-09 12:48 AM   #10 
  - I plan on voting for democrats again next election.. FOR NOW!!!...nt  lovepg   Sep-03-09 12:50 AM   #12 
  - Obama should be backing MEDICARE FOR ALL ...and Howard Dean should be heading it up--!!  defendandprotect   Sep-03-09 01:53 AM   #14 
  - Let's stop pretending we're reinventing the wheel...every other nation has done this!!!  defendandprotect   Sep-03-09 01:54 AM   #15 
  - But but they R COMMIES!!!!!  Arrowhead2k1   Sep-03-09 03:12 AM   #17 
  - He will do almost anything it takes to get one. This is worrisome at best.  joeycola   Sep-03-09 09:33 AM   #18 
     - Hey! He prefers it. Is that not reassuring enough for you?  No Elephants   Sep-03-09 02:02 PM   #20 

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