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February 28, 2010

Obama Tries To USE The Olympics To Push HIS Obamacare

Obama Picks His Nose on Live TV ...this was during the Health Care Summit by Potlach

The White House

As the Winter Olympics draw to a close this weekend, I just want to take a minute to congratulate all the athletes who competed in these games. And I especially want to say how proud I am of all the American men and women have achieved over the last few weeks…

…The indomitable Olympic spirit that says no matter who you are or where you come from or what difficulties you may face, you can work hard and train hard and still triumph in the end. That is why we watch. That is why we cheer. That is why in the middle of an extremely challenging time for America, we’ve been able to come together as one nation for a few weeks in February and swell with pride at what our citizens have achieved.

Now, when it comes to meeting the larger challenges we face as a nation, I realize that finding this unity is easier said than done – especially in Washington. But if we want to compete on the world stage as well as we’ve competed in the world’s games, we need to find common ground. We need to move past the bickering and the game-playing that holds us back and blocks progress for the American people…

We need that same spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship when it comes to finally passing reform that will bring down the cost of health care and give Americans more control over their insurance. On Thursday, we brought both parties together for a frank and productive discussion about this issue. In that discussion, we heard many areas of agreement. Both sides agreed that the rising cost of health care is a serious problem that plagues families, small businesses, and our federal budget…........ final bill will include everything that everyone wants. That’s what compromise is. I said at the end of Thursday’s summit that 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. 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. Small businesses cannot wait. Americans with pre-existing conditions cannot wait. State and federal budgets cannot sustain these rising costs.

It is time for us to come together. It is time for us to act. It is time for those of us in Washington to live up to our responsibilities to the American people and to future generations. So let’s get this done.


Obama to GOP on health care: `Let's get this done'


Obama plans to release an updated proposal in the week ahead, likely on Wednesday, according to press secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs suggested it would include concepts put forward by Republicans at the summit. One attendee, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., was contacted Friday by the White House and asked to submit details of suggestions he made to tackle waste and fraud in the medical system, Coburn's spokesman said.

John Hart said Coburn views Obama's legislation as a government takeover and would not be able to support it even if it includes some of his proposals.

Adding Republican ideas is not likely to win Republican votes because the GOP insists Democrats should start from scratch.

Obama and the Democrats reject the piecemeal approach sought by Republicans and have no intention of scrapping their 10-year, $1 trillion bill and starting over, as the GOP demands.


Coburn warns against majority-vote tactic in weekly Republican address

The Hill

Coburn said last year the Democrats held "dozens of Democrat-only summits behind closed doors" that resulted in dirty deals to try and get the votes to pass ObamaCare on a partisan basis.

He said Democrats now have a choice: To work together with Republicans to truly craft reforms that will help Americans, or to try and "ram through a partisan bill that will divide and bankrupt America."

Should Democrats use the budget reconciliation process to pass healthcare reform, it would fly in the face of public opinion, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said in the Republicans’ weekly address.

Coburn, a physician who attended this week’s bipartisan healthcare summit at the White House, repeated Republican calls to scrap the current healthcare proposals and start from scratch.

“Unfortunately, even before the summit took place the majority in Congress signaled its intent to reject our offers to work together,” he said. “Instead they want to use procedural tricks and backroom deals to ram through a new bill that combines the worst aspects of the bills the Senate and House passed last year.”


Wild Thing's comment........

Americans have NO COMMON GROUND with socialist/marxist/commies. So, Barry, there is nothing to get done until you are out of office.

Obama used the Olympics to make his point which of course he did not make. He might as well just admit it, he wants to ram this through and the heck with what the people want.

And now he is picking his nose like that. OMG he is so embarassing.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 28, 2010 01:55 AM


Question for the day: Is it possible for the poser to pick his nose and eat his boogers while hanging from the gallows?

Just curious!

Posted by: cuchieddie(Enemy of the State) at February 28, 2010 02:14 PM

"It is time for those of us in Washington to live up to our responsibilities to the American people"

I don't remember reading anything about healthcare in the Constitution.

Posted by: Jim at February 28, 2010 02:16 PM

Keep calling your congressmen. The house is where this thing is going down. These last elections, especially in Massachusetts looms large. Remind them there job is dependent on their No vote.

Posted by: Mark at February 28, 2010 09:48 PM

cuchieddie, yikes. haha

Jim, good point, and your right it is not in there at all.

Mark, thank you, that is so important. Not to stop calling and letting them know. This is not over yet by a long shot.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 28, 2010 11:53 PM