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Obama's 'New' Strategy on Health Care

By Ben Pershing
Before this year's health-care debate began, President Obama made an important decision about what he didn't want -- Hillarycare, The Sequel.

Aside from pursuing a fundamentally different reform plan than the one Hillary Clinton unveiled during her husband's first term, Obama also wanted a different strategy. Rather than dictate to Congress exactly what he desired, the president instead decided to sketch the broad outlines of his plan and let the House and Senate work out the details. And so we were treated to stories about how this administration, unlike Clinton's, really knew how to handle Congress, how its upper echelons were packed with Capitol Hill veterans and Rahm Emanuel practically kept a toothbrush and change of clothes in Harry Reid's and Nancy Pelosi's offices.

Then a funny thing happened -- the strategy didn't work. Or rather, it hasn't worked yet. And as polls showed public support dropping for Obama's proposals (the ones he hasn't really made) and members of Congress got pummeled at town hall meetings over August recess, critics began calling for Obama to do something a bit more like what Clinton did: Tell Congress exactly what he wanted. Now, we learn from multiple reports -- all of them notably thin on details -- Obama is considering doing just that. The Associated Press writes that Obama "is weighing a shift in strategy that would offer more details of his goals for overhauling the nation's health care system." Politico reports that administration aides "are putting the final touches on a new strategy" that may involve a major speech on health care "as soon as next week."

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By Ben Pershing  |  September 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Back on topic (again) here's the letter "inviting" pResident Obama to address a Joint Session of Congress:

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0909/pelosireid_letter_to_obama_404b954f-27cf-4a80-b84b-0ca87f27bb57.html

Keep in mind that Bill Clinton gave a speech to save his health care plan on September 22, 1993 as well ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Scrivener and JakeD team up as a never before known Anti-Obama fighting duo --- Battyman and Robberbaron. Now if they could only find a corporate sponsor. Fox already has Glenn Beck.

Posted by: seemstome | September 2, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50:

Neither, as I am not paid to post here at all. Care to answer my question now: do you think I'm flying over your house in a black helicopter right now?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Are you paid "piece work" or is this an ongoing contract, perhaps the psy ops wing of "Xe"?

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 2, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Back on the ACTUAL topic, it's going to be an address to a joint session of Congress Sept. 9th in order to "re-set" the healthcare debate -- hopefully, al Qaeda doesn't try to mess that up -- if I were in Congress, I wouldn't stand for pResident Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50:

YOU asked whether I agreed, and I answered -- that's not "bankrupt psy op slander" -- don't tell me that you think I'm flying over your house in a black helicopter too?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Your bankrupt psy op slander is as morally repugnant as the secretive multi-agency coordinated action "program" that is committing war crimes against unjustly targeted American citizens and their families -- including, perhaps, some of the nation's political and opinion leaders:


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic: Sen. Grassley confirms "No public option in health reform"

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gX05UO5JQ6b08RQcM7tvMFHQXStgD9AE7CGO0

The looney libs are already hitting the ceiling:

http://www2.washingtonmonthly.com/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=19733

Thank God for Senators Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Olympia Snowe, Charles Grassley, Jeff Bingaman, and Michael Enzi. Hopefully, Massachusetts will send another level-headed Senator to join them : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

No. I don't agree (mainly because I don't believe that the federal government is capable of pulling off such an elaborate conspiracy). Nonetheless, if paranoid delusions assist in getting the "Public Option" defeated, so be it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

TO: JakeD @ 11:12 a.m.

I believe you are missing the point.

The hard-right idea of "health care reform" appears to be social, and in many cases physical, genocide. Politicide.

Health care doesn't help untold thousands of unjustly targeted Americans being silently irradiated by microwave and laser directed energy weapons -- the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death. And key elements of the Obama administration, chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment, are proliferating these technologies by various modalities -- from hand-held weaponry to satellite and terrestrial cell tower based delivery systems.

By its naivete, its rubber-stamp approval of the deployment of these destructive technologies, the Obama administration is presiding over the destruction of democracy, the rule of law, and personal liberty.

Until the Obama administration realizes that a covert multi-agency coordinated action "program" is executing a high-tech "final solution" on unjustly targeted Americans -- right under POTUS' nose -- health care reform amounts to little more than a cruel false hope.

The bureaucratic saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves must be moved from power, immediately, before this silent genocide claims more victims.

Do you agree with that, JakeD?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 2, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, scrivener50. R.I.P. Public Option!

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

WHAT GOOD IS HEALTH CARE REFORM WHEN A FEDERAL 'MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATED ACTION PROGRAM' IS DESTROYS THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF UNJUSTLY TARGETED AMERICANS...

BY MEANS OF A GPS-ACTIVATED CIVILIAN VIGILANTE 'COMMUNITY STALKING' HARASSMENT ARMY;

CO-OPTED LOCAL POLICE;

FINANCIAL SABOTAGE;

AND THE DEPLOYMENT OF SILENT, INJURY- AND ILLNESS-INDUCING MICROWAVE/ LASER 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' ...

...THE COVERT TORTURE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BY THEIR GOVERNMENT.

President Obama must dismantle the Bush-Cheney- spawned, nationwide extrajudicial targeting and punishment "torture matrix" and remove from power the secretive security officials who continue to oversee it.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 2, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives and their media friends may want to paint this as a flip-flop, but it's more about subtle re-tooling of the dialogue rather than wholesale change in goals. A stand-alone public option was never the entire piece of the reform puzzle,and Obama never said that.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 2, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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