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At wide-ranging meeting with congressional leaders, Obama says he won't start over on health care

By Shailagh Murray
President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press room Tuesday afternoon to brief reporters about his meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders.

The president's two-hour session with the congressional leaders was spirited, by many accounts, covering health care, job creation, trade and other matters.

On health care, the president downplayed Republican concerns that the summit he is organizing for Feb. 25 would amount to little more than political theater, staged in an effort to salvage legislation that stalled when Democrats lost their filibuster-proof Senate majority.

Obama said he told House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) that his core goals -- lowering health-care costs for businesses and individuals and expanding coverage to the uninsured -- remained non-negotiable. But Obama said he would consider GOP alternatives that accomplish the same results. He also said he would sign what he considered to be a less-than-perfect bill.

"I am going to be starting from scratch in the sense that I will be open to any ideas that help promote these goals," Obama told reporters. "What I will not do, what I don't think makes sense and I don't think the American people want to see, would be another year of partisan wrangling around these issues, another six months or eight months or nine months worth of hearings in every single committee in the House and the Senate in which there's a lot of posturing."

The president added, "Let's get the relevant parties together. Let's put the best ideas on the table. My hope is that we can find enough overlap that we can say, "This is the right way to move forward, even if I don't get every single thing that I want."

Obama also said the group had discussed the job creation bill now moving through Congress. The Senate package, which is expected to included a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire new workers, could be unveiled later Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters after the briefing.

Obama also discussed energy incentives with the group, including expanding nuclear power and domestic oil and gas exploration. Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pressed Obama to move forward on trade agreements that have been languishing with Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

By Shailagh Murray  |  February 9, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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Comments

obamacare is dead and i love watching obama twitch in the wind every day over this! his arrogant, promise breaking approach to the subject means he deserves everything he gets.

Posted by: dummypants | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse


Obama:
"blah blah blah yada yada.." An arrogant blowhard whose word means nothing.
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Posted by: Billw3 | February 9, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"It is not the nature of a Hard Core Leftist Ideologue to compromise. It is not in their DNA. Add to that a Radical Street Agitator and Barry would rather see America weakened, Nationalized (he does after-all disdain a Strong America) than to compromise on his deep rooted Leftist Agenda."
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Can someone with a grain of intelligence please tell me how Nationalized Health Care would weaken this country??

Honestly, if Obama hadn't of tried to compromise with the GOP we would have had a decent health care bill with a public option. I know far too many people who cannot afford their health insurance payment TODAY.

Confusion is the tool of satan....and the Pharmaceutical and Health Insurance companies, with the help of the GOP, has thrown nothing, but lies and false numbers into the pot...i.e., "confusion".

Half these idiots probably think America is ranked #1 in Health Care when we're actually 37th. I, personally, would like to try and lift that number and get what we all deserve....a better health care system.

Posted by: massmedia77 | February 9, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"I'am not a teabagger,I'm a red blooded American who believes in the Constitution an Declartion of Independance. Are you a red blooded American ?"

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I am a "red-blooded" American, but at the risk of sounding stupid....all human beings bleed "red". Maybe there's an underlying meaning to your use of the term "red-blooded"??

Secondly, I believe in the Declaration of Independence and I have no clue what the "Declartion of Independance" looks like nor have I ever read it.

I joined the US Army, years ago during Desert Storm, to fight to protect this great country from all threats foreign and domestic, the freedom of oppressed people foreign and domestic and to support Democracy wherever it raises it's head. I refuse to let a group of wealthy biggots run this country into the ground to enrichen themselves due to the ignorance of their followers.

Republicans (the ones who go to work and work hard everyday) don't even see that the people you put into power don't give a rats a$$ about you. They just play country music and throw God's name around in vain. These people have the real BEST health care in this country....hell, they're RICH. If you're not rich or own a major corporation in this country, then you're screwing yourself when you vote Republican.

Republican Mantra:
"All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach."
-Adolf Hitler

"As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice."
-Adolf Hitler (sounds just like Bush and like Bush, I doubt Hitler's "christianity")

"By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise."
-Adolf Hitler

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."
-Adolf Hitler (Hello GOP!!)

Think about it......

Posted by: massmedia77 | February 9, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"You need to review the facts. We have the best healthcare system in the world. We have Medicare and Medicaid as well as other safety nets for people who lack insurance. It is AGAINST THE LAW for hospitals to turn sick patients away who need care."
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I just want to know when you Republicans will stop lying? I mean, if you do a simple search the TRUTH is found. America ranks 37th in the World when it comes to health care. We're even after Saudi Arabia....LOL

See for yourself:
http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html

Here's a quote from the New England Journal of Medicine:

"Ranking 37th -- Measuring the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System" is an article posted online by the New England Journal of Medicine. Excerpt:


Despite the claim by many in the U.S. health policy community that international comparison is not useful because of the uniqueness of the United States, the rankings have figured prominently in many arenas. It is hard to ignore that in 2006, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy. These facts have fueled a question now being discussed in academic circles, as well as by government and the public: Why do we spend so much to get so little?

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE PEOPLE! NO NEED TO LISTEN TO REPUBLICAN LIES.

Posted by: massmedia77 | February 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The secessionists keep promulgating the lie that most Americans agree with them on Health Care.

The fact of the matter is most Americans expect MORE from the health care reform bills than the Democrats have been able to deliver.

As a result they are pissed.

By merely adding a public option, the reforms would immediately see 15 point jump in their popularity.

People want the option of buying a policy from an insurer not trying to profit from their misfortune.

Simple as that.

They thought that by dropping the public option they'd get republican support but they didn't so now democrats are angry the president isn't making the obstructionists pay for their recalcitrance.

The solution is simple.

Invite these clowns back to the table.

Spell it out for them.

If you don't get on board, and continue to lie about your ideas not being included or considered.

We will make this a REAL democrat bill.

We will use reconciliation to insert an even stronger public option than what's in the House bill.

And then we'll see you in November.

Posted by: onifadee | February 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Clinton's move to the middle at the behest of the republicans is what is destroying this country. NAFTA and repealing Glass-Steagall did more damage than Reagan.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"2010 will see the Republicans gain enough seats in both houses so the Dems will have to work on a bipartisan level, and 2012 will see a new President. Americans are finally realizing going to the extremes of both parties does not work'

there are only exttemists in the GOP.. everyone else left

Posted by: newagent99 | February 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

2010 will see the Republicans gain enough seats in both houses so the Dems will have to work on a bipartisan level, and 2012 will see a new President. Americans are finally realizing going to the extremes of both parties does not work. 8 years of Bush proved that, and 4 years of Obama will prove it again. Clinton worked in the middle, that's why he had a successful presidency.

Posted by: jeiken | February 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

AMERICANS- Why do you hate each other so much?
Question: Is this beneficial to your country?. If it is not, then why do so many of you show the world how much you dislike each other?

Posted by: kaibybrunis | February 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

frankly, I would love to start over on health care- staring with a single payer system that would actually reform health care costs, in stead of the obama legislation which is a gift to the insurance industry

Posted by: newagent99 | February 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The blogosphere nowadays is replete with the idiotic, imbecilic ramblings of hack GOP blowhards who know nothing about facts and are experts only in the art of obfuscation.

Here's a prediction for this year:

. The GOP will remain intact in their stubborn effort to NOT work with President Obama on health care and it will backfire on them just like their failed attempt to stare Clinton down in the mid 90s which led to the government shutdown.

. President Obama's popularity will enjoy a steady increase, particularly amongst independent voters, and this will keep the Dems in control of both houses of Congress in 2010 and pave the way for another Obama landslide victory in 2012.

Can't the GOP see that it's only a matter of time before their party becomes synonymous with the term, "whig?"

I'm a proud independent voter and I see no future in the GOP. Their conduct during the last year (not to mention the previous 8 years) is nothing short of deplorable.

Posted by: twilson66 | February 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

When did the republicans EVER negotiate anything with the democrats? NEVER! Obama is calling them out to express their ideas on a national stage and they DON'T WANT THE NATION TO SEE THEM IN THEIR MOTH EATEN BRIEFS! They are afraid of him. The teacher as called on them and they have no answer because they want to play games instead of study and work hard. They've alway had everything handed to them on a silver platter and can't comprehend that they are being asked to work. They're lazy and corrupt and refuse to work for the American people.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have called Obama's hand. He's so arrogant that he thinks if the American people see his brilliant (in his mind) debating skills, they'll rally around him and it'll be just like right after his election! WRONG! Americans don't want his socialized medicine. We don't want his leftist agenda. WE DON'T WANT HIM! You can't be bipartisan if you start a meeting with "I'm not going to start over"and "I will not budge on what I consider important." I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I: I am sick of "I." The Republicans will not let this man ruin this country!!!!!!

Posted by: georges2 | February 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
09 February 2009

If President Barack Obama will succeed in convincing Republicans to cooperate with him in that planned February 25 Summit on health-care reform, he is sadly mistaken.

As of now he should be ready to face the brutal fact that Republicans are completely opposed to his version of health-care reform. They will have none of it. No way!

But they may very well be ready to put on the table their own completely conservative Republican version of it--which, in reality, cannot be reform at all!

Since President Obama has made it plain that certain elements of his version are non-negotiable, it is quite obvious that there cannot be a meeting of minds in that February 25 Summit.

But as Mr. Obama has let on time and time again, he is persistent. No harm trying. Nothing ventured, nothing gained--as that cliche goes.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | February 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Republicans continue not to be interested in solving the problems of real Americans, but only interested in scoring political points. In the process they prevent problems from being address and policy solutions from being applied. This is why conservatives are intellectually deficient.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | February 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

They have a bill in the house and the senate..Pass a friggin bill Obamba..Why do you need others to help you. You have passed both already.. What the Dems need a Rebulican to hold their hands... They are not retards Obamba are you?

Posted by: robinhood2 | February 9, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there a CONSTITUTIONAL SEPARATION OF POWERS Mr. Obama is fogetting about when he suggests HE won't start over - with the separated out power that is our U.S. Congress. HE IS NOT IN CHARGE OF WHAT COMES OUT OF THE U.S. CONGRESS - they don't anwer to him. They refer legislation to him.

He is wrong when he spews incorrectly that he has any right - any right at all - to order them to do anything.

He has power over the executive branch. ONLY. He does not have power over the legislative branch. Or the judicial branch - regardless of how he delusionarily appears to think it is right to chastise our Supreme Court, too - for their separated out right to rule on issues as they see fit.

The hutspah of this man suggesting he has the POWER to dictate that HE will not restart the entire process that is "health care reform".

Amazing. Scary. And unjustifiable - Mr. President. Really paranoid Nixonesque of you, sir. And constitutionally wrong. In case you were unaware.... ordering the U.S. Congress around - as you appear to think is your "right"....

Posted by: eastcomom | February 9, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't support the Republican position, but I am thankful that they are putting up a united front against this travesty of a bill.

The system needs reforming, but I don't subscribe to the view of Democrats that a bad bill is better than nothing. A bill that requires all Americans to purchase insurance w/o a single payer system, is more money in the insurance companies pockets, while putting an extra expense on Americans plates.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Start over...throw out the 2000+ page bill full of items not related to either lower costs or increasing coverage. The existing bills are full of back room deals, government expansion and increased taxes and costs. If he isn't going to start over don't go.

Now I see that Harry Reid has a "jobs bill" with everything in it but the kitchen sink. These people are unbelievable. We want a jobs bill not a Highway bill, Patriot Act re-authorization, Doctors fix etc. We want a jobs bill...we want it simple...we want it posted. If not, no one should vote on it.

Posted by: KathyCorey | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The right wing utterly morally bankrupt, its leadership is full of thugs and criminals and scam artists. It has nothing to offer on any issue important to the public. It only offers hate and fear mongering. The only reason it exists is because the corporate channels their crazy and demented ideas as mainstream for the purpose of its own corporate agenda.

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans have been and are utter complete lunatics.

As the result little to nothing will get done in the US Senate for the benefit of the American people (Middle class) as long as such party of lunatics exists in US which is backed by 100s of Billions of Dollars of Big corporations (Big pharma, Big insurance, Big Military, etc.) money to brain wash the American people that Republicans are for anything but the Super rich and the Big corporations. To be exact 1% of Republicans are very very smart, it is just that with their near total control of US Media (Lies) they have brain washed the true lunatics (uneducated white trash, etc.) to create the party that can be in 1 word only described as the Republican lunatics - More on this below. But 1st to see what Lunatics Republicans are consider some of their positions & beliefs, Republicans were and are for:

The Iraq War that has wasted, to date, $2Trilion dollar of our money set aside how many innocent people it has killed.

But Republicans are:

Against European or Canadian style Universal health care for American people, calling it "Socialism", and for our current bankrupting health care system which is taking 18% of the GDP while leaving 50Mill Americans without health care and even those who have health insurance find out that when they have a health care need that they are hit with exorbitant co-pays & deductibles resulting in 2Mill Americans going bankrupt each year due to health care costs while in European countries that ALL have Universal health care ZERO people are going bankrupt each year due to health care costs AND health care is taking on avg 8% of GDP and Europeans have a much higher life expectancy than Americans. For a complete description and analysis of why European or Canadian style Universal health care is MUCH BETTER than US style for-profit health care you can read this article:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.34590

More on this article here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"the American people want...". Obviously, they didn't/don't read polls. The American people have always wanted and deserved health reform.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM

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True. But, also according to the polls, only 36% of Americans believe that the bills before Congress will give them the health care reform they have always wanted.

The President is right about needing reform that lowers cost and increases access. But the current legislation, according to the CBO, will increase costs by over $100B per year while still leaving at least 11 million Americans uninsured. Try again, Congress.

Posted by: hisroc | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Cheers! to all the Righties posting here. Many here read like you could use a lift in your day. This totalitarian regime where you can accuse the democratically elected leader of the country of robbing us of all of our cherished liberties (like speaking your mind freely) must really be getting you down. Lucky for the right, your leaders are really setting themselves to the task of getting this country free and prosperous again. By doing NOTHING. Now, if that isnt' a way to make a sale to the majority of voters, I don't know what does.

Posted by: crikey | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Screw the republicans. Put the bill to an up or down vote and ram the details through with reconciliation. I'm tired of all the republicans whining and moaning and posturing. Obama is their president. If they don't like it, they can quit their $170,000 a year jobs and move somewhere else.

Posted by: blarsen"

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Screw you and your socialist/communist healthcare aberration . . . this fight has only begun.

Posted by: rplat | February 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It is not the nature of a Hard Core Leftist Ideologue to compromise. It is not in their DNA. Add to that a Radical Street Agitator and Barry would rather see America weakened, Nationalized (he does after-all disdain a Strong America) than to compromise on his deep rooted Leftist Agenda.


Posted by: jas7751 | February 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Arrogant jerk.

Posted by: logicprevails | February 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Lets be clear. Gays are "Teabaggers" in practice. The perverse Liberal characterization of Tea Party participants only confuses actual Teabaggers and violates their exclusive terminology.

Posted by: jas7751 | February 9, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The president has called these intellectually vapid thugs out to express their ideas on this legislation and all they can do is complain, cry and turn tail and run. They're all a bunch of cowards and need to bow their heads and put up and shut up.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Here's the problem, Mr. Obama: covering everyone and decreasing costs.

It makes no sense. Never has. Never will.

Start there.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | February 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Then tell him to bring his bill to the floor and let the chips fall where they may. Obama's socialist/communist healthcare bills will not be accepted by the American people and will be defeated one way or another.

Posted by: rplat | February 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Then tell him to bring his bill to the floor and let the chips fall where they may. Obama's socialist/communist healthcare bills will not be accepted by the American people and will be defeated one way or another.

Posted by: rplat | February 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have demonstrated over and over that they can't be trusted on this Healthcare bill. The Republicans are walking into a trap on this Healthcare summit.
The trap is called Reconcilation for the Senate vote.

Posted by: badgerburg | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope he does keep trying to take oveer health care. The dumbas$ doesn't realize that he and his party are really pissing off the American people.

On top of Commissar Pelosi's greedy leeching of our tax dollars to pay for her family to travel, and to have enough liquor on her trips, she and her corrupt cabal are screwing over the people just about every day.
Last week this irresponsibly corrupt party in the House voted to spend fifty million dollars to buy another park for the Park Service. Only problem is it is in the Virgin Islands.
What screaming stupidity these $%$^% democrat slugs are.
They all need to be tarred and feathered.

Posted by: LarryG62 | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

bot_feeder--

You're a dreamer! Forty republicans voted NO and the democrats who were holding it up were eventually persuaded.

Don't try and tell me the republicans have EVER been for this bill, because that ain't gonna wash, Chachi!

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I want more government in health care, I do not want these corporate scums who do not provide any value-added service to the delivery of health care. I want these scums to be out. There is no reason to have a health care system whose only purpose is to accommodate insurance companies.

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's "core goals -- lowering health-care costs for businesses and individuals and expanding coverage to the uninsured -- remained non-negotiable."

The current health care bills, as I understand them, seem to suggest that the goal of lowering health-care costs has already been negotiated away...

Posted by: cambridgema | February 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Rahm - Rahm the fixit man doesn't know squat on how to deal with the prima donnas in the Senate. All he wants to do is Rham it through.

If Pelosi and Company had crafted a better health care bill or received helpful guidance from the White House - they could have kept Mr. Emanuel from burning so many bridges and offering billion dollar bribes.

Posted by: alance | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Barry won't rollback the backroom bribes?

Posted by: Atenora | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

So the President essentially wants to still try and pass that train wreck of a bill, and wants the GOP to show up on the 25th so he can take another stab at selling it to the American people.

The Republicans shouldn't bother showing up.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'am not a teabagger,I'm a red blooded American who believes in the Constitution an Declartion of Independance. Are you a red blooded American ?

Posted by: JWTX | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

solsticebelle said:

"Why do repugs hate sick, uninsured people but love bloodsucking health insurance companies?"


Bell, why did nature give you a brain and yet you refuse to use it?

Posted by: bot_feeder | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

And to all the intellectually arthritic, terminally greedy, human pond scum known as Republicans I suggest you make good use of your Cadillac Health Care Plan. Contact your proctologist ( I expect you've got him on speed dial) and make an appointment for a brain scan - if he can find one up there. Unfortunately, the GOP is obviously NOT done trying to screw the country for every cent they can. Reward the rich, punish the poor - VOTE REPUBLICAN!

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | February 9, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who says "just pass" this bill and "ram it through" has no idea what it actually says. We have to stop passing legislation without understanding what it says and the consequences of what it says. Don't assume that our "representatives" are reading it for us. Some of them are not. The drafts are out there for your reading...go and read them. Please.

Posted by: Shadow10 | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

...too many unnecessary surgeries being performed by greedy doctors anxious for an easy insurance payoff and a new boat purchase...

...to go boating with the insurance exec...


Posted by: moon-base-alpha | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"The Democratic have the power to pass health care reform. The republicans want them to believe they don't."


Yeah, right, the problem is that Congress is run by incompetent political novices like Pelosi and Reid.

My God you leftist buffoons are sure stupid.

Posted by: bot_feeder | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a teabagger, I'm a red blooded American who believe's in the Constitution an Declartion of Indepedance. Are you a red blooded American or not? Most of America is alright to stand an do nothing, that's exactly whatthe Government want from you.

Posted by: JWTX | February 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Hate is alive and well.

I don't think he should start over. Republicans said in their letter to Pres. Obama "the American people want...". Obviously, they didn't/don't read polls. The American people have always wanted and deserved health reform.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

He says he wants to move beyond
grandstanding, posturing and
political theatre to do away
with all the partisan drama?
Does this mean he's firing
Rahm Emanuel? Rahm has been
known for years in political
circles as "The Queen of Politcal
Theatre". For crying out loud;
that's why Obama made him Chief
of Staff. He's Obama's Diversion.
With Rahm on his staff, Obama
has Plausible Deniability. Rahm
and Gibbs do all his Wet Work.
And I'm a fed up Liberal Democrat
who is tired of what this White
House is doing to my country.
And I'm not the only fed up
Liberal Democrat in America
who is tired of Barry Obama,
et al.

Posted by: iamredwolf | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

blarsen:

It is not the Republicans who blocked health care, it is the moderate Democrats.

You can't face the truth, so you rail against boogiemen.

Get a grip fella.

Posted by: bot_feeder | February 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a teabagger, I'm a red blooded American who believe's in the Constitution an Declartion of Indpedance. Are you a red blooded American or not? Most of America is alright to stand an do nothing, that's exactly the Government you an me.

Posted by: JWTX | February 9, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Obama says he won't start over on health care"

Start WHAT over? All Obama has done on the issue is give speeches. Is Obama saying that he won't keep making more speeches? Then hallalujah.

The health care legislation has been developed by Congress. It is they who would have to start over, not Obama.


Personally I am ambivalent. I am glad the current legislation is dead since it is a pile of corrupt goo. A more incremental approach would be worthwhile, but I'm not sure that is the most important issue for Washington to be spending its time on.

Posted by: bot_feeder | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Screw the republicans. Put the bill to an up or down vote and ram the details through with reconciliation. I'm tired of all the republicans whining and moaning and posturing. Obama is their president. If they don't like it, they can quit their $170,000 a year jobs and move somewhere else.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Either democrats get rid of this "wonderful" president, or the country would get rid of all democrats and would become more full of bigotry and racism that it has ever been.I really can stand this elegant suit, with nothing except of lies, feeling of jealousy and inferiority, and all kinds of betrayals inside of this suit.

Posted by: aepelbaum | February 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

NO! DON'T START OVER!! THIS WOULD BE THE DEATH NELL TO HEALTH CARE REFORM!!! PASS THE DAMN BILL NOW!!! SCREW THE GOP AND THE OTHER WHITE SUPREMACISTS!!!

Posted by: demtse | February 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If he won't start over than why bothering listening to him. I am tuning YOU out, Mr. President.

YOU obviously don't care about me or mine.

You cannot defend the dems plan. You just don't want to start over because that means - as you self declare it - that you are a "quitter". Who cares, Mr. President. Who cares....

Get over that arrogant way of looking at your personal legacy - and start acting like you care ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY.

Sticking to this line in the sand demand of yours - by your own twisted reasoning is dooming any credibility you have left.
Go back to lecturing at Harvard, dude. YOUR legacy of words without meaning resonate better there......as well as your palpable hatred toward anyone who dares to question you.....

Posted by: eastcomom | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Everybody who thinks that the best we can do to reform health care is:

(1) produce 2600 pages of legalistic gibberish that no one read before they voted, can explain, or understand and

(2) have to resort to outright bribery to get the votes to pass it and

(3) make secret deals with special interests behind closed doors

All you guys who think the Obama way above is great hold up your hands. The rest of us are going to vote these idiotic clowns out in 2010 and start over with real reform which everyone agrees we need. What we don't need but have right now is (1)-(3)

Posted by: Moderate6 | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This president's pride is going to bring him down. He said he would bring people together but has done nothing but the opposite.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | February 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What is about the right of banks to raise without limits minimal payments? They got this bill this rights because congress let through the bill, which allowed them to do it. Obama sold the entire middle class, all youngsters, who placed him in White House, and whoever and whatever else he was only able to sell. Why to the hell people who already payed once to pull banks out, need again to to ruin their lives because bank officials want to live in luxury? Why should we suffer because Obama's family want to live in luxury? This fraudster in power together with his exquisite vixen, fresh from jungle, makes even me almost to become a racist. I have no doubts that the entire country is becoming more racist than it ever has been.

Posted by: aepelbaum | February 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic have the power to pass health care reform. The republicans want them to believe they don't. They want them to surrender their victory over to the republicans. Don't fall for it. The republicans are liars. They want the Democratic to believe they can loose office if they support the bill. Massachusetts already has good health care so they could afford to stay home and not go to the polls. The tea party voters were energized to fight. This is how that person won the election. Those of us that voted for the change that made Obama President Obama can not let the Republican take our victories away. They know the bill was passed and they pulled out all their tricks to stop that train. It’s not true, the bill can be passed. Don’t listen to the negative remarks on this article. The Republicans don’t want to earn your support by coming up with alternative solutions, they just want to take your support form Obama. Don’t let them do that, don’t’ fall for their lies. Keep in mind the Republicans will do whatever they need to do to have their way. They are not for us they are against us. We are in the driver’s seat and the only way they can win is if we give up. Don’t give up. We put this President in office and we have to stand by him to get what we want. Don’t give up, don’t give up. Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight for what’s right. Fight! Fight! Fight. We can do it people. Yes we can.

Posted by: slovelace | February 9, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

President Obama in the aftermath of MA Senate election result, is on the right path of his agenda on jobs bill , banking reforms and health care insurance reforms etc. President's latest stand vs. the GOP conditions on bipartisanship negotiations is very amicable and reasonable. The GOP it appears is not ready yet to not give up their thus far a winning strategy of standing in the way of Senate Democrats and the President , to allow them any victory and any major bills passed in 2010. It is about time that Democrats in Congress and Obama administration should start focusing on strategic policy changes . Those that evidently and positively should impact upon middle class American core problems e. g., the rising unemployment , growing loss of health insurance, middle class home ownership losses , help for seniors and scores of other issues facing the U. S.

Posted by: dmfarooq | February 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

...too many wealthy earthlings getting free cosmetic surgery paid for by the working poor...

...this is what's wrong with your Earth Americas health care system...

...a very good system being raped and pillaged by the controllers...


Posted by: moon-base-alpha | February 9, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse


"So f*** him and his GD plan to throw this country in the trash, and the horse he rode in on."

Especially him. He's a muslim sympathizer and is trying to ruin Anerica. You don't apologize to the muslims without some degree of sympathy.
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Posted by: Billw3 | February 9, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

You need to review the facts. We have the best healthcare system in the world. We have Medicare and Medicaid as well as other safety nets for people who lack insurance. It is AGAINST THE LAW for hospitals to turn sick patients away who need care. [Is that the most efficient way to do this? Is this why we have 10’s of millions uninsured and even more under-insured? Is that why our bill for healthcare is 16% of GDP and climbing rapidly, far higher than any other nation? Are you not the least concerned about what the uncontrolled costs mean for the Medicare and MedicAID you laud?]

To act as if people are dying in the streets while the big bad insurance companies profit is just absurd. Maybe you should stop watching MSNBC. [People are dying early, needless deaths. Insurance companies are very profitable, and as we saw this week in CA, impervious to market forces.]

What many Americans have made perfectly clear is that we DO NOT WANT OBAMACARE. [What an overwhelming majority of Americans said as Obama took office was, “Get the fixes in place.” Congress has botched the acceptable fixes. What you see in the draft bills now is not “Obamacare.”]

And it simply makes no sense that he wants to have a "summit" but he won't start over. Intelligent people understand he is trying to "play" the Republicans. [Uh, right.]

Then what's he really saying.....I'll take this slow.....Is that they have already drafted two bills and we will have to accept them in some fashion. He has no interest in Republican ideas - or he wouldn't have shut them out of meetings and negotiated behind closed doors. [Hundreds of Republican amendments are incorporated in the current bills. But watch: they’ll still vote against the final measures, claiming they’ve been “excluded.” The hypocrisy and lying are disgusting to most real Americans who aren’t pure partisans.]

Obama is not telling the truth. Republicans have ideas - they have presented them to him and they have asked for meetings before. He's not interested. [Obama has never said that; he’s said repeatedly, pointing out the amendments I mentioned above, that the current efforts have many Republican inputs; but the Republicans are playing a cynical game lying about their “exclusion.”]

Now that his poll numbers are tanking, he's looking to shift the blame from himself! [His poll numbers are up slightly, depending on the level of noise from Fox.]

The fact is that "Community Organizers" don't "negotiate". They muscle and agitate to get their way. [Is there any evidence whatsoever to support this? You guys crow on one hand that “he’s done nothing; absolutely nothing,” then on the other you say he’s strong-armed you. Into what? Your little game is transparent, disgraceful and un-American.]

Obama is a threat to our Democracy. [You are the real threat.]

Posted by: thinker16

Posted by: abqcleve | February 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Why should the Republicans meet in a summit that the public has already "soundly rejected"?

Even though the MA election means nothing to the Dems, the Republicans have their heartbeat with the public.

The Republican have not been steam rolling the public, and the electorate thanked them for it in the bluest of blue states.

Posted by: kwoods2 | February 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse


The man's arrogance and incompetence knows no bounds, and America is tired of it.
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Posted by: Billw3 | February 9, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's say all of the U.S. Presidents over the past 50 years have been right and that for the good of America we need to change health care. Now answer this question: Why would you oppose a health care package that could help you or a family member? Your answer will clearly show who you are as an individual. Here's another question: Do you believe that the rich congressional members, the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance companies and physicians are looking out for you? If you said yes, then that explains your level of intelligence and wealth.

Posted by: happybren57 | February 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

So f*** him and his GD plan to throw this country in the trash, and the horse he rode in on.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | February 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse


In February 2008 Candidate Obama saw and recognized the problem when he stated:

"I am proud to have the support of the American Small Business League and their grassroots efforts to help protect American small business. Helping American small business is part of our movement for change and the end of politics as usual," Sen. Obama said. "98 percent of all American companies have fewer than 100 employees. Over half of all Americans work for a small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy and we must protect this great resource. It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants."

Today in February 2010 President Obama has forgotten the issue and the solution. Yeah something is broken in Washington – It’ President Obama’s Word.

The Obama administration needs to stop diverting federal contracts from Small Businesses, Minority-owned businesses and Veteran-owned Businesses to large federal contractors.

There is no need for him to go out on a limb - all President Obama needs to do is enforce the current Federal Small Business & 8(a) laws and goals on the books.

Posted by: question-guy | February 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I'am sick to death of the word "barpardism"! He is trying to be a dictor an America won't stand for it. The President is falsely mistaken that he runs this country alone. You work for us; not the other way around buddy get that through your head! We are the majority an we have a will stronger than yours; an we are threaten like never before in history. America is ready to fire the whole bunch of you in Gongress!

Posted by: JWTX
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Another Texas teabagger. Come on, America! You can do this!

Posted by: abqcleve | February 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Why do repugs hate sick, uninsured people but love bloodsucking health insurance companies?

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 9, 2010 3:24 PM |
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You need to review the facts. We have the best healthcare system in the world. We have Medicare and Medicaid as well as other safety nets for people who lack insurance. It is AGAINST THE LAW for hospitals to turn sick patients away who need care.

To act as if people are dying in the streets while the big bad insurance companies profit is just absurd. Maybe you should stop watching MSNBC.

What many Americans have made perfectly clear is that we DO NOT WANT OBAMACARE.

And it simply makes no sense that he wants to have a "summit" but he won't start over. Intelligent people understand he is trying to "play" the Republicans.

Then what's he really saying.....I'll take this slow.....Is that they have already drafted two bills and we will have to accept them in some fashion. He has no interest in Republican ideas - or he wouldn't have shut them out of meetings and negotiated behind closed doors.

Obama is not telling the truth. Republicans have ideas - they have presented them to him and they have asked for meetings before. He's not interested.

Now that his poll numbers are tanking, he's looking to shift the blame from himself!

The fact is that "Community Organizers" don't "negotiate". They muscle and agitate to get their way.

Obama is a threat to our Democracy.

Posted by: thinker16 | February 9, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

So Obama won't start over, huh? The corrupt deals made behind closed door stay? Let's send all these clowns, to include the president, packing in next election.

Posted by: Acquisano | February 9, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The American people need to take a stand against big health insurance company and protect the health of its people. You can bet if these people are able to take health care reform away, see what else they take. And why are people impressed with Sara Palin? She just a loud mouth.

Posted by: slovelace | February 9, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The American people need to take a stand against big health insurance company and protect the health of its people. You can bet if these people are able to take health care reform away, see what else they take. And why are people impressed with Sara Palin? She just a loud mouth.

Posted by: slovelace | February 9, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Were his comments off the cuff or read from a telepromter?

Posted by: SSTK34 | February 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

So all the crooked deals remain? Are democrats actually going to allow those kickbacks, bribes, exemptions for their special interests to be "non-negotiable"? Do you realize how PO'ed the American people are with the corruption of the democrats in D.C.? They have systematically given bribes and exemptions to their campaign contributors while screwing 90% of the population. Do you think Americans are getting their news from partisans like Shalaigh at the WaPo? They know that these left-wingers won't dare criticize liberals in D.C.

If the bill were so great, why are all of the democrat special interest exempt from it? Why aren't unions paying their fair share? Why is Vermont getting $600 million more than Virginia?

The corruption is everywhere, and will be known. Any coverup attempt by the Washington Post will not succeed.

We saw what you did last summer!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, did any of you read the results of the recent poll? Just read it right here, online:Two thirds of Americans are in favor of health care reform.

So not everyone, as someone said here, is opposed to it, not at all... Let Obama proceed. Why is EVERY single thing he thinks, does, or talks about, wrong for some of you? Don't understand....

Posted by: zulaydp | February 9, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Do any of these arogant fools in Washington
realize who is paying their salary???

Obama needs to be unemployed,
along with gibbs and axelrod.

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 9, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess he wont ever get health cre passed!

Posted by: frankn1 | February 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has the votes, let him and the Dems try to pass their health care bill. It will make it easier for us come November. Obama and his Democrat idiots are making it too easy for us. Yes, elections have consequences, as they are about to find out.

Posted by: Disgusted | February 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Why do repugs hate sick, uninsured people but love bloodsucking health insurance companies?

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 9, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'am sick to death of the word "barpardism"! He is trying to be a dictor an America won't stand for it. The President is falsely mistaken that he runs this country alone. You work for us; not the other way around buddy get that through your head! We are the majority an we have a will stronger than yours; an we are threaten like never before in history. America is ready to fire the whole bunch of you in Gongress!

Posted by: JWTX | February 9, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

President Obama: Keep COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURES from occuring and closing Small Businesses.....use 10% of the $787 Billion "JOBS" Bill our children will pay for; to AVOID 1930'S style, full-blown DEPRESSION ! DO YOUR DAMN JOB & HELP CREATE JOBS WITH YOUR RECKLESS SPENDING!

Posted by: MSFT-PELOSI | February 9, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

In watching the comments on obama from the ‘liberal media’ it’s always:

We’ll tell you what he said…..!.......

It’s never; we’ll tell you what he has done…..!.......

Posted by: UpAndOver | February 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama says one thing while his actions are another.

That's the Chicago Way.

Trouble for him, the rest of America isn't buying his act.

He is an arrogant thug intent on legislating against the will of the people to accomplish his Marxist agenda.

Posted by: thinker16 | February 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Good for him. He keeps reaching, they keep slapping. Dems won the election. They get to write the bill. Rep. just cant believe they lost. Grow a pair Mr. President. Do not let the GOP set the agenda. Go after them and the Blue Dogs and get America moving again. We are watching and we can see who are the obstructionist.

Posted by: patisok | February 9, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

That's okay. Obama doesn't have to start over. We are prepared to start over without him.

Posted by: csforst | February 9, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

He is not "reaching across the isle".

Posted by: speedo1 | February 9, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Core goals -- lowering health costs, expanding coverage -- remain non-negotiable, president says."

And they remain contradictory. The democrats already put us in this hole by creating Medicare. Now they want to dig deeper.

Posted by: Peejay | February 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Arrogant pig...2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1 | February 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Dump Obama into the medical stand down for NPD Sociopathic dual profiles, to void his signatures, and place Biden.

This Nation does not want any more dictatorship nuttiness.
They said No.

Posted by: dottydo | February 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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