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Obama delays foreign trip to work on health care

By Rachel Weiner and Michael D. Shear
President Obama will leave for Indonesia three days later than planned, departing March 21 rather than March 18, in an effort to move stalled health-care legislation through Congress, the White House said.

"The President will delay leaving for Indonesia and Australia - will now leave Sunday - the First Lady and the girls will not be on the trip," tweeted Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Friday morning.

The White House had set a March 18 deadline for the House to complete work on the health-care bill, so it could be finished by the time Obama left the country. But Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have refused to commit to that date.

Obama has struggled mightily to get Congress to pass a health-care bill, which was his top legislative priority upon taking office.

The process of moving the legislation through the House and Senate is expected to begin Monday in the House Budget Committee.

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By Rachel Weiner and Michael D. Shear  |  March 12, 2010; 9:07 AM ET
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Yeah, we really NEED healthcare reform right now. We NEED 10-20% unemployment. We NEED massive foreclosures with no effective relief programs. We NEED to hand "bailout" money to huge financial firms so they can trade in the stock & international monetary markets to book huge profits. We NEED to ship jobs overseas. We NEED to guarantee insurance company profits through legislation. And Oh Yeah, we NEED a BS corrupt government owned by Wal-Mart. Tell it to your children & grandchildren. If you don't know your being "taken for a ride" then you deserve to be, just don't take me with you. Get out your wallet along with your big mouths & pay for it out of your own pocket. That I could respect. What you offer is socialism on my dime. Give up YOUR vacation, & YOUR pension, & YOUR retirement & show us how committed you REALLY are to these beliefs. Telling me I should pay for it just demonstrates your cowardice. I donate to several charities that I believe in but I don't try to legislate that YOU pay for it, that is called integrity.

Posted by: legalbeagle2 | March 15, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

One of Obama's major suporters in the press (Newsweek) had this to say:

Fareed Zakaria:

My own feeling is it's a missed opportunity -- while it would be great to expand coverage, it doesn't fundamentally reform a broken health care system. We have a system that has out-of-control costs, where there's a huge incentive for the overconsumption of costs by the consumer and oversupply by the producers. Patients are willing to consume more health care services than they need, and doctors and hospitals are willing to supply more health care services than are required ...

We consume many more tests, we do many more interventions, all of which are much more costly and at the end of the day, we don't live longer, we don't have better outcomes on virtually any disease.

________________

How silly of them to push this when even the intellectuals are telling them to stop and do it right.

Posted by: sally62 | March 14, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Obama and his comrades just emigrated to the socialist/Marxist country of their choice to "enjoy" forever the socialism/Marxism they want to impose on us?!

Nothing would generate more businesses and more jobs, and improve our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our future -- and the future of our children and grandchildren -- than for the country to be FREE from dictator Obama and his comrades.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 12, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Give 'em hell, Mr. President!


and Keep amusing us bitter haters.

crying about issues you know little to nothing of...

Boo-hoo-hoo...

Cry me a river.


Obama 2012!

Posted by: bcs2k | March 12, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

To put it simply: The backers of this bill are pushing so fast and so hard and so furious to get this bill done before the Easter break (even though they still cannot produce the bill, and Americans cannot draw benefits for over four years) because - "they are scared".

Posted by: Sly_In_Michigan | March 12, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

To put it simply: The backers of this bill are pushing so fast and so hard and so furious to get this bill done before the Easter break (even though they still cannot produce the bill, and Americans cannot draw benefits for over four years) because - "they are scared".

Posted by: Sly_In_Michigan | March 12, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

To put it simply: The backers of this bill are pushing so fast and so hard and so furious to get this bill done before the Easter break (even though they still cannot produce the bill, and Americans cannot draw benefits for over four years) because - "they are scared".

Posted by: Sly_In_Michigan | March 12, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Jobs, the Deficit and Massive Debt, Foreign policy! All take a back seat to the massive corrupt monster of a healthcare bill. Does even Obama know what's in it anymore? How many corrupt deals? How much of the massive cost has been hidden trying to get a fake CBO score to sell to the country? Even Obama's friend and supporter Warren Buffet is telling Obama to start over. If he doesn't want to listen to him he could at least listen to the voters. Kill the monstrosity Mr. President. Go to Indonesia on scheduled. When you get back focus on jobs and get a group of Democrats and Republicans to go to work on a small simple bipartisan reform package that the American people can support!!!

Posted by: valwayne | March 12, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Obama and his comrades just emmigrated to the socialist/Marxist country of their choice to "enjoy" forever the socialism/Marxism they want to impose on us?!

Nothing would generate more businesses and more jobs, and improve our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our future -- and the future of our children and grandchildren -- than for the country to be FREE from dictator Obama and his comrades.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 12, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama had to delay his trip because the deadline for shoving ObamaCare down our throats is March 19, as per a recently surfaced secret memo outlining a Pelosi-Reid timeline. http://www.c4strategies.com/he021210.html

"Of course you didn't read about this memo on the front page of The Washington Post or the New York Times and you didn't hear about it on NBC, ABC, CBS or even FOX News. In fact, the Mainstream Media largely ignored it, but Jonathan Cohn with the left-wing New Republic, almost gloating, supplies some of the details:

"Inside Health Policy's Julian Pecquet and Amy Lotven report on a Democratic memo sketching out a timeline for passage of health care reform. The gist is pretty simple: The House takes up the Senate bill and passed it by March 19. A few days later it passes a reconciliation bill and sends it over to the Senate...."

This secret memo, which was penned long before Barack Hussein Obama's televised ObamaCare summit, proves that Obama's supposed willingness to "reach out to Republicans" and listen to the American people was nothing more than a ruse.

The memo is further proof that, as per the 2007 book written by Robert Creamer, a CONVICTED FELON and Obama’s ACORN associate, the main objective of Obamacare is only to increase the power of "progressives" (Marxists) through the “democratization of wealth” (socialism/Marxim) as per the teachings of Saul Alinsky.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | March 12, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Giving "mharpy" a generous benefit of the doubt, thinking perhaps they've been spending time orbiting the last giant gas planet, perhaps when he/she returns from his/her trip to the planet Uranus, someone might remind him/her that the Republicans have absolutely NO INTENTION of voting for anything this President puts forward.

Alas, we know "mharpy" knows this already. Pretending to be ignorant (a la Palin or Beck) is an interesting gambit, but a losing one.

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 12, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Ohioan" wrote: "I'm conservative, pay for my own insurance,
after having employer-sponsored insurance for over 30 years. Its eye-opening when you have to buy your own insurance... you realize how much employers were paying previously."

If "Ohioan" -- who claims to want reform, but has swallowed the "government takeover" bull-loney hook, line and sinker -- is paying for his own insurance, the fact isn't he is paying a premium (as an individual) comparable to what his former employer(s) paid.

Let's get the facts from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. These numbers are for 2004. The numbers for unemployed in 2009 will be much higher.

In 2004, 64% of Ohioans got their insurance through their employer. 14% received "government-run" health care through Medicare or Medicaid. 11.4% were uninsured. Which leaves just about 10% who got their insurance on their own. White self-employed person had "uninsured" rates about the same as white unemployed (20-22%), while minority self-employed uninsured (53%) were dramatically higher than their unemployed counterparts (30%).

From Kaiser Foundation, the average cost in 2008 for a family with employer-based insurance is $2642. The employer contribution is $8783.

If you chose to insure yourself privately -- as Ohioan suggests he is doing -- the harsh reality is that Ohio does not reuire insurers to provide a "Guaranteed Issue" policy to persons seeking health insurance. Ohio only periodically requires insurers to issue policy to SOME persons for only one 30-day period annually (you miss it, you're outta luck.) Ohio does not require that there be insurers of last resort. (You're outta luck again if you're seriously ill or injured.) Ohio has no pool for high-risk persons with illness or injury. (Got cancer? Outta luck.)

So while Ohioan thinks he's sittin' pretty with his self-purchased insurance today, current law in both the Ohio and at the federal level leave him extremely vulnerable to losing his coverage and having no alternatives. And his individual insurer can pretty much cancel his coverage or jack up his rates at any time.

So while it's okay for him to be smug and short-sighted now about his "coverage" and not wanting "government-run health care," the reality is should the worst happen, Ohioan will have little choice other than to sign up for Medicaid or Medicare (once he's eligible) because there are no provisions to accept persons with pre-existing conditions on a permanent basis.

And we haven't even touched on the likelihood that Ohioan is just one illness away from bankruptcy due to health care costs.

How's that "government-run takeover of health care" sounding now?

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 12, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Has Harvard ever done a study on the various departments of our bloated government with regard to success or failure?

I would read that if I were you.

You, flower eating Commie. Cut your hair hippie!

Posted by: mharpy | March 12, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Gun toting

GIGGLE...

I love limp wristed liberals they are the best.

Posted by: mharpy | March 12, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I love when the left assumes anyone who disagrees is uneducated or a hick.

Priceless.

I say again why the rush? Why cannot we build a bill that the republicans can be a part of, that doesnt socialize a market segment or involves the government spending a ridiculous sum of money in a secretive fashion.

I know the left thinks they have all the answers and know best what I need, but this is getting ridiculous.

Posted by: mharpy | March 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Is any health care bill really better than no bill? The President seems to think so.

No one, not even Warren Buffet or the Business Roundtable, thinks that the Senate bill will lower costs. In fact, health insurance premiums will continue to rise, insurance companies will make more money than ever, and more Americans will be laid off by employers who can't continue to compete because of higher health care costs.

But this is not to say that the Senate bill can't be amended through the reconcillation process or a change in the filibuster rule. A "public option" or letting seniors age 55 to 65 buy into the medicare program would be nice but anything that could potentially result in lower corporate profits is opposed by the health insurance industry, Republicans, conservative democrats and a "change you can believe in" President. What a sorry state of affairs.


Posted by: billeisen1 | March 12, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

mharpy - "Thousands of people dying because of lack of healthcare? Where are you getting this? Nobody is being turned away at the hospital doors and the masses are not at the mercy of evil corporations. These evil corporations you are talking about employ people and the reason they are hiking up costs is because of the talk about socializing it.

Can you appreciate any sort of middle ground? I mean we are a free market economy are we not? How about tort reform, an open market across state lines, catstrophoic medical coverage etc." ----------- This is what I talk about, misinformation and not really knowing what you're talking about. Harvard did a study and it's available for you to review, that 45,000 people die every year because of lack of healthcare coverage. They're not all old either. You're absolutely right, nobody is being turned down at the ER, but do you know who picks up those costs? We do and it's because a lot of those folks don't have healthcare insurance. It's that trickle down effect that you guys love, right? It's shocking that you talk about middle ground. A single payer and public option are out the door, compromised. Exchanges across state lines are in the President's bill along with many other incorporated Republican ideas. Don't give us a middle ground lecture when the Republican's are staying as far away from compromise as possible. We know what you guys want, healthcare to fail, it will be Obama's waterloo, remember? Good 'ole Grand Obstructionist Party, gotta love America and those gun-toting righties.

Posted by: PaulMoATX | March 12, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

My gosh, I've never seen so much misinformation in my life. What a bunch of uneducated souls that don't realize that this bill only benefits them in the long run, not hurt them. It's like watching Tea Partiers hold up signs that talk about lowering taxes, but the reality is their taxes have gone done over the last year just as mine have. While it's only $48 a month, which isn't a big deal to me, it surely is a big deal to some. In short, there's too many people watching Fox News, which is based on "We Decide, Then Distort". If I had heard and believed all of the misinformation going around about healthcare and decided not to research or fact check any of it, I would be pretty skeptical too. But thus, I educate (read Fox News, WSJ, WashPost, HuffPost, Time, Newsweek) myself and research before forming an opinion. People don't realize that this is one of the hardest pieces of legislation to ever come out of Congress and that it doesn't happen overnight. Everybody wants a quick fix on the economy, on jobs, on healthcare, but there isn't one. Everybody knows unemployment is a lagging indicator, everybody knows when you're overhauling 17% of the economy (healthcare), people are going to be a little worried. It's because results aren't seen immediately, but over time, you'll see them, I'm confident of it. I know healthcare will pass and I hope it passes with the Public Option so that private insurers will stop raping the American people.

Posted by: PaulMoATX | March 12, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Thousands of people dying because of lack of healthcare?

THe elderly you mean? When they die of old age???

Where are you getting this? Nobody is being turned away at the hospital doors and the masses are not at the mercy of evil corporations. These evil corporations you are talking about employ people and the reason they are hiking up costs is because of the talk about socializing it.

Can you appreciate any sort of middle ground? I mean we are a free market economy are we not? How about tort reform, an open market across state lines, catstrophoic medical coverage etc.

I must live on another planet. I dont see all the dead bodies on the streets because of the lack of health care. Grow up Peter Pan,It is not as dire as you have been told.

Posted by: mharpy | March 12, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

OK!!! Now that Obama's health care bill has been rendered almost ineffective by the opposition; now the nation is at the mercy of the coming slaughter of skyrocketing healthcare inflation, including masses of uninsured people dying because of lack of coverage; our dear Press is too afraid to talk about the thousands of dying. Never mind those people, they're lazy! right?! With 40 million lazy people in this nation, which includes the wealthy who work just for a pastime, and not for a living, something is amiss in our system! And this sort of corporate inflation isn't central to just healthcare. Take another look at Utilities and Gasoline, not to mention the gouging of consumers of all those Bum Bank loans, etc.As long as a few powerful corporations can gouge the financial blood out of all the rest of our corporate economy and hold them hostage, then this nation can't break out of this Great Recession of ours. It is essential that our capital system have money circulated, and not to be hogged down by a few certain enterprises. My friends, everybody should be prepared for the capital demise of the United States of America. And Congress is a lame duck; and has been rendered ineffective to solve our needy problems! It has been like this for the last 15 years or so.

Posted by: moraldecay | March 12, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

SO the system sucks?

What makes you think the bill will answer all of your issues?

Has the government done great things in the past for you?

Why the urgency? Really, Why the urgency and secrecy. It would be one thing if the government was known for effective management and had a good track record in ANYTHING.

But they dont.

The time is not now and obstructionists keep fighting the good fight!!!

Posted by: mharpy | March 12, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

+ Over the last decade, your health insurance premiums have increased by as much as 90% to 150%, depending on where you live.

To those who say "do nothing" or "start over" or "let the 'free-market' private insurance companies handle it," you're already feeling the result of that idiotic mindset. If you can afford premium increases of 39% to 70% -- or higher, as experienced by some consumers -- more power to you.

+ If you have the misfortune of being unemployed and thought about using those benefits to pay your COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986) benefits, you need roughly 84% of that unemployment check to pay for it. The "average unemployment benefit across the U.S. is $1,278; COBRA monthly premiums for family coverage are $1,069."

But wait! The news gets even better!

"In 9 of the 50 states, COBRA equals or is greater than the monthly unemployment benefit. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia." [Info from FamiliesUSA.org]

And more good news! From the Dept of Labor:

"Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102 percent of the cost to the plan."

And remember, that COBRA payment is going to a private sector health insurance company which is jacking your rates up arbitrarily by double digits.

If you have to resort to an individual insurance plan -- one you pay for instead of your employer -- only about 66 cents of every dollar you spend goes towards actual medical care. The top six employer-based policy insurers spend about 82 cents per dollar according to a 2009 Congressional study by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

And if your COBRA benefits run out before you get a new job. Or, as is more typical, you simply cannot afford to pay for it -- preferring instead to keep a roof over your family's heads and food on the table -- you are now "uninsured" and subject to the pre-existing conditions clause. (Now your new employer's policy might cover you, but too bad for your wife who had a C-section, your son with asthma or your teenage daughter with acne. You're S-O-L. (expletive outta luck.)

Now is the time, this is the bill. Let's make it law. Obstructionists be d*mned.

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 12, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Did I hear that Obama wants to find the fraud and abuse in the Medicare (Medicaid) entitlements. If the government could actually do that, it would have been done long before this incompetent boob hit the White House. If no one has made a serious attempt to do so, we would have to assume that those same "no ones" either like the fraud and abuse or do not care about it.........maybe both? Taking this into account, why would any sane person want to give the "gubmint" any more of the economy to screw up, mismanage and drive into insolvency. They have demonstrated their ineptitude in that respect graphically for decades!!

Posted by: OregonStorm | March 12, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I maybe cynical and machiavelical in my thinking, but if you ponder the age old question..."follow the money"
Then you need to ask yourself, why do the insurance companies give "fodder" and a strong talking point to Obama with their timing of proposed rate increases. Umm?

Posted by: FRP2020 | March 12, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama and his Social Democrat Party's plan to include federal takeover of the student loan program takeover is far too gutless and unimaginative.

Our Social Democrat Party should take it's entire socialist agenda – yes, all of it - and cram it into an omnibus bill to be pushed through the reconciliation process with the health takeover bill. Include the entire social democrat agenda:

1) raise taxes on everyone to the 100% rate of their dreams. Have all income wired directly to the federal government. After all, under their ideology, government ALREADY owns ALL of the income of everyone in America, why fool around with the unnecessary expense and avoidance of tax collection?

2) go straight to single payer health care and federalize all medical operations. The private sector simply lacks the compassion of the glorious socialist state. If they’re going to destroy the legislative process, they should go big and get something worth the ignominy.

3) Legalize all of our illegal aliens. Oh, what the hell, legalize everyone in the entire world. True equality can only be achieved through dragging us all to a third world standard of living anyway. Entitled rentseekers of the world unite.

4) Force all of us onto public transportation by outlawing private transportation directly. Why fool around with half measures like Cap & Tax? Again, think big, replace heartless capitalism with the innate benevolence of socialism.

5) … I don’t need to fill in all of details of the their agenda. Our Social Democrats know them well enough, but they musn't forget to outlaw elections or November could prove as big a disappointment as the Massachusetts Massacre.

Don’t bother with discussion, public airing, or debate. In their infinite wisdom and caring, our Social Democrat Party already knows what’s best for all Americans and is entitled to rule us all.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | March 12, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I maybe cynical and machiavelical in my thinking, but if you ponder the age old question..."follow the money"
Then you need to ask yourself, why do the insurance companies give "fodder" and a strong talking point to Obama with their timing of proposed rate increases. Umm?

Posted by: FRP2020 | March 12, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I guess I am now a "Fake Republican" in line with everyone else. I guess I am too dense to realize that the governments track record for being efficient is a joke.

Perhaps the elitist left can appreciate that I want as little government involvement as possible in my life, especially people like ApostasyUSA who apparently have it all figured out. Your arrogance is disturbing.

I am sure you think you know what is best for me and my family just like our current regime, but in reality I want nothing to do with you your leftist principals and hope and PRAY that we send Obama out on his a#@ next election.

Posted by: mharpy | March 12, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Let me see:
Insurance companies are:

“wicked”

“selfish”

“greedy”

“screw us royally”

“are against this bill” ( have you seen any insurance company ads against it?)
then why is Obama herding us like cattle to purchase their policies?

Posted by: FRP2020 | March 12, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Profit and toss me a cold one.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 12, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Want to buy a bridge in Brooklyn?

Posted by: tossnokia | March 12, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm conservative, pay for my own insurance,
after having employer-sponsored insurance for over 30 years. Its eye-opening when you have to buy your own insurance... you realize how much employers were paying previously.
As much as I want Healthcare/insurance Reform - I am Totally, AGAINST OBAMACARE/Government Takeover.
We have proof Government Cannot effectively
or efficiently manage healthcare--what other proof do you need other than Medicare, Medicaid????
Unless you want to bankrupt this country,
you'd better get on the phone and call your
local representative and tell them you're
against Obamacare/government takeover.

Posted by: ohioan | March 12, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I thought Obama was going to focus on "jobs" like a laser. Now the Dems are convinced in order to "survive" in November they have to pass their health care bill. This is nothing more than an "insurance" policy for the Dems' survival at the polls - or so they think. In essence, this bill is more about and for them than us - disgusting!!!

Posted by: saelij | March 12, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

One wonders how Willie Wonka would manage a spoiled child president such as Mr. Obama.

Posted by: Dutra1 | March 12, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The buck stops here. Love labors on you know. We're all crazy and she's an MD.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 12, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Give him a one way ticket on Pelosi's plane.

Posted by: swansonmorganb | March 12, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Congress was the third branch of government, independent, part of the check-and-balance structure of our republic.

Apparently it's the recalcitrant puppy of an overzealous president.

But then I'm old and took Civics when teachers taught Civics.

Oh, well.

Posted by: carolinacynic | March 12, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Garrison and Post are secure. Bear Creek looks hard to cross tho. Could use a new Expedition.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 12, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

It is clear that we don't have a President now. All we have is someone who wants to Socialize health-care. And that's it. Everything has been put on hold for over a year now, and it looks like our nation will just stop functioning until Obama can Socialize medicine.

Posted by: Indpnt1 | March 12, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Much as anyone with an elderly relative hovering at death's door, BO will stay home. If he had the votes, he would go.

This perverse legislation is D.O.A.

Posted by: jimbob3 | March 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"please sing the nation's real need, health care reform. It is a must. We americans need it direly."

More direly than jobs? Clearly not. Obama is just handing topics for the pundits to argue about.

Posted by: HokiePokie | March 12, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Please you fake Republicans. There is no such thing as a conservative. I understand the frustrations of everyone who wanted Obama to fix the world in 365 days, but I do NOT understand how anyone could be so illogical to think that Obama is an evil person bent on the destruction of this country.

There are people who vote for people that call themselves conservatives but really what you get is a bunch of theocrats who try to consolidate money and power to an elite group of ideological zealots who are willing to commit intense acts of hypocrisy simply to feel as if they have "won", like it's all some kind of game.

These toe tapping tools will stop at nothing to force your children learn myth in science classrooms such as ID or that the Earth was made 6000 years ago. These fake so called Republicans will vow that gays should not be able to live as non-gays do in our country, while simultaneously being gay in the closet. These people like to hate things. Fighting is what feels normal. These people are angry and angry people are easily exploited.

If you prefer a government that governs the least that's exactly what you are going to get. I don't believe there can be an intelligent debate with toe tapping Republican propagandist hacks. Hacks don't want to talk, they just want to be mad about something and government is an easy target. During the Bush days, the hacks were mad at Saddam, for the wrong reasons but it didn't stop them from exploiting the people into supporting a two trillion dollar tax payer funded unjust war did it? 4000 Americans and 50,000 (and counting) innocent Iraqi civilians died. Republican leaders said, "hey be mad at this", now they are saying, "hey be mad at this".

The fatalistic tragedians of our nation fall in line.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | March 12, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This bill ain't passing, even the Stock Market is reacting favorably to this inevitability. So the President might as well go on vacation. In fact, if he wants, he can take the next three years off.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | March 12, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The March 18 deadline was because of a departure date for an overseas trip??? What fun playing President must be... When is this "young" presidency, as some in the media have often referred to it - in reality, "immature" - going to be an mature and adult presidency?

Posted by: maryckk | March 12, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Delaying his trip will only lower his approval ratings even more as does each and every speech he makes to promote Obamacare. Also note that the First Lady and family seldom travel with Obama... and that is because Obama needs his "down" time with his buddies that he conveniently appointed as his aides, etc.

Posted by: nickyle | March 12, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

If morale and numbers are good, you have the advantage Post. If not, send troops to Nashville, TN. Sad songs aren't selling this year.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 12, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Instead of delaying his trip to push for more taxes, why not delay his trip to CREATE JOBS!!!!! JESUS, why are the Democrats so hell bent on passing something that will not help americans for 4 years! What are people going to do between now and then?!?! But dont worry folks, Obama will get his talking point for the next election! What a joke!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | March 12, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

So is it true that the current proposed health care bill exempts members of both houses of Congress, the President and Vice President (and their respective families)?

If so, why?

Health care reform has become a political issue that both parties seem to toss back and forth to suit their party/political desires rather than dealing with this as a national crisis.

This is yet another example illustrating that the desires of the party have become more important than the needs of the people!

I fear the majority of the elected official are NOT focused on the issues of the people but on the issues of the party.

Ladies and gentlemen, THE PARTY IS OVER! Get to work!

Posted by: primal | March 12, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Who cares. This jerk has divided the country on the hc issue, blown off job creation and increased our debt.

Not the hope and change America was looking for.

Posted by: humbucker | March 12, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

glad nobama is zeroed in on jobs

Posted by: samuellenn | March 12, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

And---BIG QUESTION---AGAIN...
This is not stopping the ADMIN..fee's Doc's/Hospital and all charge...and the PHONEY charges being put on people..
Doing this before the COSTS are looked into is a JOKE..
My mother Hospital bill for Medicare(Which--my and your tax money) paid 80%..
EXAMPLE>>> $40.00 for (1) asprin..$10,000.00 for distiled water??????
Answer those problems FIRST...

Posted by: rw62827 | March 12, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

We can blow the house up and mop up later. Sounds rather distressing.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 12, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It should be crystal clear to anyone paying attention...watch what our elected officals do on Captial Hill, not what they say!

Obama: Public Option Part of Health Plan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J5v45VDcUM

The Republican 112th Supreme Diebold Corporate Congress to be sworn in January 2011.

Posted by: BenAMarine | March 12, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh No! You mean health insurance expansion has messed Michelle and the girls Spring Break party in Jakarta?

Posted by: jdcw | March 12, 2010 9:53 AM

===============
jdcw,

We should be grateful President Obama doesn't have a ranch in Crawford, TX. Do you know how many trips President Bush took to his ranch during his first year in office? Obama could take 3 trips to Jakarta and back and still wouldn't get near the jet fuel Bush used during the same period.

Posted by: jms3rd | March 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The move will reduce the number of earmark requests. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, House Republicans accounted for more than 1,200 of the earmarks, worth $1 billion, that were included in the funding bills for fiscal 2010. House Democrats estimated that their ban on for-profit earmarks would slash 1,000 of them.

Now the GOP is in on the ban earmarks thing?

Please. I think it is great to have Democrats in Congress and a Democratic President who actually care about doing the work of the American people.

Thank you all.

Headline:
Senators give Obama bipartisan plan on immigration.

Headline:
Democrats Push Ahead on Finance Bill

A very productive Congress, despite what the approval ratings say
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR2010012902516.html?nav=hcmoduletmv

U.S. Economy: Growth Jumps 5.7%, Fastest Pace in Six Years
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-29/u-s-economy-growth-jumps-5-7-fastest-pace-in-six-years.html

Headline:
Wall Street shifting political contributions to Republicans
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/23/AR2010022305537.html


The Republicans of today on the other hand, have made themselves totally irrelevant.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | March 12, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Nice of the president to hang around. For those who want to start over on health care, it really is too late for that. Too much time has already been wasted. On the other hand, for those who like this plan, consider the real impact it will have. Will it control our personal health care costs? No. It's true that it forces insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, but what if they still can't afford the coverage? This bill will only hurt the poor, the unemployed, and the under-employed by forcing them to buy insurance, whether they can afford it or not. What if they passed this bill and everyone refused to buy into it? Not only will they not have health insurance, but now they will have to pay a fine for not carrying it. Nice work Mr. President. Nice work Congress.

Posted by: lbataille55 | March 12, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

mgochs: "The time for talk is over..." So he is staying home for three more days of speeches?

Huck: not speeches, Einstein. Politicing and arm-twisting with the Dem caucus.

How is that possible, he has nothing to "twist" with. The House is voting on the Senate bill - as written .... warts and all.

He has nothing to offer in exchange for their votes, and Democrats - albeit not all that bright - are smart enough to know that the Empty Suit is not a follow through person, worth falling on their swords for.

Health Care Reform, as the Democrats know it, is Slip, Slip, Slippin' Away

Posted by: asmith1 | March 12, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

mgochs:
"The time for talk is over..." So he is staying home for three more days of speeches?
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not speeches, Einstein. Politicing and arm-twisting with the Dem caucus.

It was a smart move.

Posted by: HuckFinn | March 12, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Key Congress Critters recently tell the Press that CONGRESS sets the vote date, not the President?

Heck, Nancy is still scrambling to muster up enough votes for the Senate Bill (as written), and isn't even close.

Join me in the chorus of "Slip, Slip, Slipin' Away"

Posted by: asmith1 | March 12, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The real reason they won't quit:

Obama is desperate to pass this because he knows that market-oriented reforms and competition will actually lower costs, prices, and afford more choices. They have ginned up so much emotion about this issue that it has to be addressed. The next proposal will either be largely GOP ideas, or a mix, where the free market ideas have a chance to work. In a few years, people will make their choice, as they always do, for the market, not for government.

So this is the hard left's only chance to pass something that gives control over to the state.

Greg Buls
marklevinspeaks.com

Posted by: GregBuls1 | March 12, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

well its an only dems again meeting on health care.
what happened to openness?
do you remember when the speaker changed the locks on some doors and only gave keys to dems who agreed with them on health care.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | March 12, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The Obama administration, loves to manufacturer of cheap drama.

This latest act/ scene is just more melodramatic grandstanding form the Hack-In-Chief.

Obama, ought to do America a favor and indefinitely suspend his presidency !

Posted by: dashriprock | March 12, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Its clear that panic has hit the white house as Obama put off a chance to begin yet another apology tour. This Health Care disaster is making Obama and the US look very stupid. Why Obama insists on jamming something through that America has made clear they don't want is mystifying. Obama has put himself and his desires above that of the country he is suppose to serve.....in other words he is morphing into Hugo Chavez.

Posted by: Realist201 | March 12, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Why are they calling this a "Health Care" bill? It's nothing of the kind...it could properly be called a "give us all your money and we'll deny your care just like everyone else does" bill.

The President is deaf, dumb and blind to the majority of the population which does NOT WANT this gigantic government power grab.

If Pelosi had a chance in h e double toothpicks of passing this through the House she would be crowing all over the media. Quiet isn't she?

Posted by: OregonStorm | March 12, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"The time for talk is over..." So he is staying home for three more days of speeches? Great, we can hear some more about the evils of insurance companies who only operate within the rules SET BY OUR GOVERNMENT like all other for profit companies. And is his next pitch going to be to an elementary school, his last was at a high school, what's up with that?

Posted by: mgochs | March 12, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh No! You mean health insurance expansion has messed Michelle and the girls Spring Break party in Jakarta?

Posted by: jdcw | March 12, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Health Care is a must and needs to be signed.

Posted by: kishen1 | March 12, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

YaaaaaY! Pres. Obama is fighting for the people's interest which includes ALL Americans.
Republicans are fighting for the Insurance industry.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 12, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

please sing the nation's real need, health care reform. It is a must. We americans need it direly.

Posted by: kishen1 | March 12, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

No problem, just do what you did for the Israeli trip. Send Joe Biden, that went over so well. But, remember to teach Joe proper bowing technique for the Asia trip!

Posted by: pauldia | March 12, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The good news is that he is not wasting three days of taxpayer money flying his family to the Far East for their Spring Vacation. The bad news is that we have to put up with his incompetence in the US for three more days.

Posted by: georgiarat | March 12, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Give 'em hell, Mr. President!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | March 12, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

President Obama is showing that, when he stays focused, he can overcome the loud-mouths who object without substance.

Posted by: Heerman532 | March 12, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

It would be foolish to think that passing the proposed monster health care bill, as written, would benefit our country and its citizens when currently government cannot manage, fix and provide oversight for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I believe Congress has the ability to ability to start over with a smaller, more efficient and manageable plan that would reform insurance costs which would allow more individuals health care coverage. At this point, the so-called health care bill has turned into a political pawn for powerful leaders in Washington and I hate seeing politicians throw my vote away for their political gain and not use it for the good of my country or my fellow neighbor.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 12, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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