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At the White House, talk turns to what comes next after health care

By Scott Wilson
As he works to wrap up a yearlong debate on health care, President Obama is looking to the next big things -- energy and financial reform.

The day's public schedule tells the story.

Obama will have lunch Tuesday with business leaders, a meeting described by White House officials as another outreach session that will range across subjects. It will likely focus, though, on the fate of the financial regulatory reform legislation that is now making its way through the Senate.

(That discussion will serve as a way into his post-lunch meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, who holds lax financial regulation responsible for the speculation he says help exacerbate his country's severe debt problem. Obama will be able to tell Papandreou the subject just came up over lunch.)

A few hours later, Obama will bring in a bipartisan group of lawmakers to talk about cap-and-trade legislation, also treading water in the Senate.

Passing an energy bill and spurring green job growth occupy the upper ranks of Obama's agenda, and the meeting Tuesday is something of a brain-storming session on how to proceed in the weeks after Congress finishes with the health care bill.

"These are people with ideas on the issue," a White House official said. "And this is one of the next big things."

The day marks a brief respite from the impassioned health care end game, which Obama will take up again in earnest Wednesday when he travels to St. Louis to deliver his second sleeves-rolled-up speech of the week on the need for reform.

By Scott Wilson  |  March 9, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Health Care  
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Comments

"Next" should be what should have been Job #1:

RESTORE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS -- END BUSH-ERA PROGRAMS OF COVERT HIGH-TECH TORTURE AND POLICE STATE VIGILANTE TERRORISM.

HOMELAND-RUN CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM ATTACKS, TORTURES, IMPAIRS, 'SLOW-KILLS' TARGETED AMERICANS: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Why so many cell towers saturate the American landscape -- urban and rural.

• Weapon system patents reveal silent, powerful attack system in YOUR backyard.

• American human rights atrocities, ideological purge, under the cover of national security.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

OR: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (see articles list)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

• Reporter exposing gov't cell tower microwave torture held hostage to community stalking, police-protected, GPS-equipped vigilante squads that burglarize, vandalize and terrorize -- officially-enabled lawlessness that afflicts many thousands of other unconstitutionally targeted and persecuted Americans.

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER: "CENCOM OF A MID-ATLANTIC STATES AMERICAN GESTAPO."

WHY WON'T PENTAGON / W.H. PRESS CORPS QUIZ OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ABOUT THIS DOMESTIC SUPER-WEAPON SYSTEM IN EVERY AMERICAN'S BACKYARD?

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

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 9, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

What comes next is...

1) How to keep the insurance companies from failing when they can no longer turn folks away who have pre-existing conditions AND the "individual mandate" is stricken down as being unconstitutional.

2) How to deal with uprisings when folks refuse to pay taxes for abortions. I think the federal government has one special battalion or brigade that is trained to deal with civil unrest, but will that be enough? Will D.C. need to call in the Army to field against American citizens who refuse to pay for infanticide?

Posted by: RealTexan1 | March 9, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Nowhere in this article did I find mention of JOBS! Does Obama think that puny bill just passed is the final solution! And don't be fooled...getting all those illegal invaders amnesthetized WILL become a major push. Hey, success in that spells a permanent Democratic majority. Does anybody think they won't go for it? Many battles yet to be fought.

Posted by: ddnfla | March 9, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Health care, energy, finance.

No room for amnesty for illegal aliens on Obama's combo-plate.

Muy bueno!

Posted by: pmendez | March 9, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If everything you try to do becomes a "battle" than there appears to be something wrong with the message, messenger or the people you are forcing this onto. Which is it?

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 9, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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