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Obama's presidency turns a corner

By Ben Pershing
Whatever else happens in the remainder of President Obama's term -- whether it extends six more years or, as Republicans hope, just two -- future biographers will mark March 23, 2010 as a turning point. That's the date on which Obama went from being a president marked by unfulfilled promise to one who ushered a transformative reform bill into law against steep odds.

The New York Times sets the scene: "With the strokes of 20 pens, President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul -- the most expansive social legislation enacted in decades -- into law on Tuesday, saying it enshrines 'the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.' Mr. Obama signed the measure, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, during a festive and at times raucous ceremony in the East Room of the White House. He spoke to an audience of nearly 300, including more than 200 Democratic lawmakers who rode a yearlong legislative roller coaster that ended with House passage of the bill Sunday night. They interrupted him repeatedly with cheers, applause and standing ovations." The Wall Street Journal says "the day's events opened an intense White House effort to sell the new law to an often-skeptical public. The president emphasized provisions that take effect right away, such as rules barring insurers from rejecting children who are already sick. He also singled out individual Americans who will be helped, a technique that's likely to be repeated often between now and the November elections." Jonathan Chait writes: "Let me offer a ludicrously premature opinion: Barack Obama has sealed his reputation as a president of great historical import. We don't know what will follow in his presidency, and it's quite possible that some future event--a war, a scandal--will define his presidency. But we do know that he has put his imprint on the structure of American government in a way that no Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson has."

The Washington Times observes that "the high spirits prompted some unscripted remarks. Press microphones picked up Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. employing an unprintable adjective when describing the scope of the achievement in an aside to the president." ABC News adds: "After finishing his introduction of the president, Biden turned to shake Obama's hand and offer a pat on his back. The microphone on the podium picked up Biden leaning in and saying to Obama: 'This is a big f-ing deal.' Perhaps not the most appropriate choice of words, but the White House has not only confirmed Biden's comments but given its stamp of approval to his declaration. 'And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right...,' White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Twitter." The Los Angeles Times offers an explainer: "So what's with all the pens? Why did President Obama use 22 pens to sign the healthcare legislation Tuesday? He was continuing a long-standing White House tradition for approving important legislation. ... Obama kept a pen for himself after signing the bill, and 19 pens were given out as mementos. Two will go to his presidential archives. ... President Lyndon B. Johnson used more than 70 pens to sign the Civil Rights Act in 1964." Politico notes that Obama left a lot of lawmakers off his "thank you" list.

When it comes to public opinion, Biden may have been right. USA Today reports: "More Americans now favor than oppose the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds -- a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against the legislation. By 49%-40%, those polled say it was "a good thing" rather than a bad one that Congress passed the bill. Half describe their reaction in positive terms -- as 'enthusiastic' or 'pleased' -- while about four in 10 describe it in negative ways, as 'disappointed' or 'angry.' The largest single group, 48%, calls the legislation 'a good first step' that needs to be followed by more action. And 4% say the bill itself makes the most important changes needed in the nation's health care system." The landscape has changed quickly. Time writes that "the health-insurance industry, which spent months campaigning against Democratic health reform, has shifted focus in the wake of its passage, pivoting from opposition to making sure the new law succeeds beyond most expectations. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry trade group, has agreed to sign on to a new, 50-state health care reform implementation effort, provisionally called Enroll America, which is being organized by Ron Pollack of the pro-reform group Families USA."

Tom Friedman is happy -- sort of: "President Obama's winning passage of national health care is both exhilarating and sobering. Covering so many uninsured Americans is a historic achievement. But the president had to postpone trips, buy off companies and cut every conceivable side deal to just barely make it happen, without a single Republican vote. If the Democrats now lose seats in the midterm elections, we're headed for even worse gridlock, even though we still have so much more nation-building for America to do -- from education to energy to environment to innovation to tax policy. That is why I want my own Tea Party. I want a Tea Party of the radical center." Maureen Dowd describes a surreal Tuesday: "The Democrats were walking around in a state of shock. Holy cow, they were saying to themselves. We're not total wimps! We don't have to sit around and let ourselves be slapped silly by Republican bullies and Tea Party scaremongers. We can actually get something done if we suck it up and find a way to pull together. One minute they were legislative losers, squabbling and scrambling for the off-ramps. The next they were history-makers, sharing chest bumps and goose bumps at the White House. How had the lofty president and the wily speaker suddenly steered them off Jimmy Carter Highway and onto F.D.R. Drive?"

In the Capitol, the Washington Post writes that "the Senate began a debate on another piece of the package, giving Republicans one last chance to alter the bill before it begins to transform insurance coverage for millions of Americans. In the short term, GOP senators are aiming to gut the 'fixes' package, a 150-page addendum to the new health-care law. Because the fixes bill was written under special budget reconciliation rules, it cannot be filibustered. But Republicans vowed to take full advantage of their right to offer unlimited amendments, intending to sabotage the package and create turmoil among Democrats who are counting on its passage." Bloomberg reports: "The fight in the Senate 'will make last August look like a love fest,' New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg has said, referring to town hall meetings that drew sometimes angry protests. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said Democrats are determined to turn back any attempts to slow down the legislation."

Remember when Republicans were trying to convince the House that the Senate would be an unpassable gauntlet? Politico writes: "So much for the 'nuclear' Senate showdown. After President Barack Obama's showy Tuesday signing ceremony, the Senate's cleanup work this week on health care is looking more like a political strategy session, as each party tries to cement public impressions of the bill. 'It's going to pass here,' Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said matter-of-factly. 'It's a matter of what amendments [Democrats] want to be for and what they're not.'" Roll Call agrees: "While far from dull, the Senate's final stretch in the health care debate is anything but a nail-biter. Democratic Senators already had to take tough votes on unsavory provisions such as the 'Cornhusker Kickback' that covered Medicaid costs for Nebraska when they approved the original reform package. Plus, the House has already voted on the Senate-passed bill, which the president signed into law Tuesday. And there is little doubt that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has the 51 votes needed to pass the budget reconciliation package of fixes the House passed late Sunday."

In the words of another Democratic president, what's next? USA Today writes, "President Obama had a good time today celebrating health care with his allies but reminded them 'our journey is far from over.' Unemployment remains high. 'There's still the work to do to rebuild this economy,' Obama told health care stakeholders at the Interior Department. 'There's still work to do to spur on hiring.'" ABC News reports that "over the past year, the Obama administration has frequently talked about "pivoting" back to the country's economic problems. But now, with health care reform (almost) in the bag, the talk may be for real." The Hill writes: "Democrats are debating whether to spend political capital earned by passing healthcare reform or hoard it so it pays dividends in the midterm elections. Liberals argue the new momentum offers a rare opportunity to pass top priorities, such as immigration reform and climate change legislation, and warn that the party is likely to see its large majorities in the Senate and House diminished next year. ... But conservative Democrats, many facing tough reelection fights, say the time has come to rein in the ambitious agenda and focus on creating jobs and spurring the economy."

What will Republicans do going forward? The Wall Street Journal reports: "The Obama administration's passage of a sweeping health-care revamp has scrambled Republicans' strategic calculations on Capitol Hill, forcing the GOP to decide whether to maintain its largely unified opposition to Democratic proposals. On key pieces of legislation, including a revamp of financial rules and a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law, some Republicans are either explicitly on board or could soon be so. For most of the Obama presidency, the party has moved in lock-step opposition, which has helped coalesce a revitalized conservative movement in recent months. But some Republicans feel these two issues in particular--education and financial regulation--are harder to oppose for political reasons." In the Bay State, the Boston Herald writes that "Republican folk hero Sen. Scott Brown is being taunted by triumphant Democrats - and slammed by irked conservatives - after the historic health-care bill he was elected to kill was signed into law by President Obama yesterday. 'If he were a milk carton, he would be expired,' said Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman John Walsh. Brown's backers from the insurgent Tea Party movement want to know if they've been had. ... In fact, Democrats now say Brown's election as the so-called "41st vote" to block Obama's health-care overhaul inspired them to seek procedural means to bypass GOP efforts to derail the bill."

Amid all the focus on domestic matters, the White House was preoccupied by Middle East politics. The Washington Post reports: "Amid high tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with President Obama for a total of two hours in two meetings at the White House Tuesday night under a virtual news blackout. No reporters or photographers were invited to record the scene or even a handshake between the two leaders, who met one day after Netanyahu, in a speech to a pro-Israel group, rejected the administration's plea that he halt construction in a disputed area of Jerusalem claimed by Palestinians as their capital." Bloomberg adds context: "Obama and Netanyahu met at the White House in an attempt to smooth over a dispute about Israel's approval of plans to build new apartments in east Jerusalem. The action was announced during a March 9 visit by Vice President Joe Biden, prompting immediate and public U.S. criticism. The meeting was held 'in a good atmosphere' and advisers for Obama and Netanyahu will meet today to discuss the ideas they raised, the prime minister's office said in a text message to reporters." Politico writes: "The Obama administration shifted this week from red hot anger at Benjamin Netanyahu to an icier suspicion toward the Israeli Prime Minister, who made clear in a marathon of meetings with U.S. officials that he would give ground only grudgingly on their goal of stopping the continued construction of new Israeli housing units on disputed territory."

By Ben Pershing  |  March 24, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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My Gracious Goodness, the only thing Obama seems to have changed in his policy to get to the bottom of the economic spectrum so he can rebuild Aerica as a Marxust State.
At the end of all the NEW speeches he's been adding "God Bless America" using his "Smiley Voice," in the most chilling manner

We have been had.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | March 27, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

President Barrack Obama
The White House
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Washington, DC 20500
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FAX: 202-456-2461

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on your HISTORIC achievement of passing a Health care Bill for us all in America, the last developed nation to come aboard. Thanks to your dogged leadership and cool headed approach.

I am so happy that I am represented in the White house by an able and young and energetic person like yourself. I have campaigned and supported you since 2007.

I am today a 55 year old person unemployed since November 13th 2009. I have continuing health coverage through COBRA for just 15 months i.e. till February 13, 2011.

I am applying for 50-75 jobs a day everyday with little luck even though I have 22 years of Technical Consulting experience with two degrees: a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering with Honors and a Masters in Information Systems with Honors and also 5 years of Administrative experience.

If I am still unemployed on February 13, 2011 what are my Health care coverage options under this new Health care Bill that has just passed the House of Representatives in Congress?

My wife is a self employed Physician providing employment to 6 people and another doctor.

Just last month Aetna PPO raised her rate by $100.00 per month raising our medical premium by $1200.00 with no justifiable reason given at all.

President Obama I am 55 and unemployed with little chance of finding employment again soon in this kind of economy. How can I cover my Health care coverage after this Bill becomes law after Senate Reconciliation?

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Posted by: ajain31 | March 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I will not be assimilated; I shall resist; I shall not be an Obamaton.

Just Biden my time - it really is a big f'n deal.

Posted by: hericdavidson
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You HAVE been assimilated (by angry bigots). Your resistance is to your own best interests. Being a free, compassionate American who isn't into being mad all the time is not being an "Obamaton", it just angers you that so very very many Americans think outside the (KKK) robe.
And the Big effin deal is here to stay, so either get over it or get used to it. It is the law now, and it will be the law from now on. Your G-NO-P heroes are just blowing "We'll repeal it!" smoke so that you'll waste your vote on them again.
The reason no one is listening to you is because you and the Tea Bag Nation are nothing more than angry Republicans pretending to be independent. You wouldn't vote for a Democrat if he showed up dribbling tobbaccy on his NASCAR shirt and beating his wife with one of his many sub-machine guns. You are not independent in any way. You are thoroughly decided, which makes your political clout and your leverage nil.
Enjoy your marginalization, you're gonna be there awhile. On the plus side, that feeds right into your self-delusional Omega Man fantasy. On the down side, it means you will still never get a girlfriend.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 26, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

When the cheering, fireworks and cork-popping have lapsed into silence, the Democrats may begin to suspect that they have committed a fatal sin. That sin has been their total contempt for the will of the tax paying public. American citizens have voiced their opposition to ObamaCare in every possible manner, and yet these obsinate fools have passed it anyway..
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I'll make this so simple, your 5-year-old kid will understand it. Then he can explain it to you, since you are denser than the center of the Sun:
1.Obama ran on a platform of healthcare reform;
2.A clear majority of honest to goodness AMERICAN CITIZENS voted him into office;
3.He has delivered on that promise;
4."The will of the taxpaying public" was heard and acted upon;
5.Your disagreement with "the will of the taxpaying public" does not now, and never will, make what you say true;
6.Get on the train or get run over, because the train is never ever ever ever gonna go back...I hear they like your kind a lot in Iran, maybe you could move there. They also like to spout idiotic right wing rhetoric that has no basis in reality.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 26, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Tea baggers ARE full of BS until they:

1. Burn their medicare cards
2. Refuse social security checks

Until then, shut the "F" up!

Posted by: jfern03 | March 24, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I will not be assimilated; I shall resist; I shall not be an Obamaton.

Just Biden my time - it really is a big f'n deal.

Posted by: hericdavidson | March 24, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I will not be assimilated; I shall resist; I shall not be an Obamaton.

Just Biden my time - it really is a big f'n deal.

Posted by: hericdavidson | March 24, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Good luck with trying to get the law changed or repealed. What a waste of time, money and effort, and yes, it will take a lot of those three. If states opt out of the health care system, and you don't have health insurance, please don't ask the rest of us to pay for your emergency care visits. Maybe then you will realize this law was worth fighting for.

Posted by: tootsie11 | March 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The Bush administration invaded a foreign country that hadn’t attacked us and did not have weapons of mass destruction while leaving another war unfinished, claimed torture and indefinite detention without trial is just fine, doubled the national debt, watched as New Orleans and the U.S. economy collapsed, and the Left went nuts. The Obama administration passes a health care bill that helps 32 million Americans get health insurance, prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage for pre-existing conditions, will save $1.34 trillion dollars over the next 20 years, and the Right goes nuts (not to mention making racist and homophobic slurs and spitting on a Congressman). Doesn’t that say it all?

Posted by: zvelf | March 24, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Don't like the healthcare bill?

Move to Costa Rica with Rush, where their socialized healthcare ranks HIGHER that our profits-not-people healthcare system here does now.

Posted by: jfern03 | March 24, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the red states can secede tomorrow. And good riddance. Best of luck getting along without your Social Security, Medicare, and all the other federal benefits that you so eagerly suck up while trying to deny them to others.

Posted by: lydgate | March 24, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Patriotic Americans will not let the leftist package go unchallenged.

Sadly, the irony is that Americans have been rewarded with a socialist takeover because of their stupidity in electing Obama and his associates. Everything they have done since taking office is un-American. If the red states tried to secede it would bring on another civil war. If the blue states would secede, nobody else would give a damn.

Posted by: johntu | March 24, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I am all for a chunk of the USA to be renamed "Dumbphuchistan" and given to the wet racists lunatic tea bags and their Becks and Limbaughs, where they could all enjoy their eternal looser-palooza together. Maybe Rick Perry can be their first King.

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 24, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Health care reform is indeed a big f---ng deal. It is far from perfect, but it's a good start, and the most important legislative achievement since the 1960s. Kudos to the President, the Speaker, and all the other Democrats who overcame poisonous Republican opposition to get it done. I hope they follow up by enacting meaningful financial regulatory reform and concentrating on what we can do to start putting people back to work. Like health care reform, those issues are good policy AND good politics.

Posted by: lydgate | March 24, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

To date fourteen state attorney Generals have filed suit to overturn the Obama Health Care Law. This corrupt law will be challenged in court on every possible grounds, and a monumental effort will be made to defeat every Representative or Senator that supported it. When the cheering, fireworks and cork-popping have lapsed into silence, the Democrats may begin to suspect that they have committed a fatal sin. That sin has been their total contempt for the will of the tax paying public. American citizens have voiced their opposition to ObamaCare in every possible manner, and yet these obsinate fools have passed it anyway. The Democrats are counting on a citizen population that traditionally has a short memory. This time they are going to regret underestimating the resolve of citizens to take away their political power. When the November elections arrive, the Democrats will suffer defeat in massive numbers. The will of the voting public will not be spat upon by a self appointed elite. It will take the Democratic Party years to recover, and they may never again regain such unrestrained power. All you Obama supporters can rest assured that revenge is going to be swift and certain. We will not forget, and we will not forgive. You will pay a much higher price than you ever believed possible. ---And you can count on Obama being a one term president. His legacy will be utter and complete failure. Socialism and communism will be thrown back on the ash heap of history where they belong. America will remain America in spite of those that hate it's very existence. Free enterprise will win, and the communist threat will once again fade away. This disgraceful political philosophy will be left to decay in the eternal library of hateful ideals. In the end, the cheerleaders of communism will be shouting to empty air. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will be nothing more than dusty footnotes to forgotten dreams that sought to distort human nature and goodness.

Posted by: jerdjon | March 24, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's give the teabaggers and the other fleabrain republicans part of the country and call it a day, shall we?

Posted by: GeorgHerbet

Great, and watch as liberals turn their part of the country into another New Orleans.

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What is with the Obama haters? They are even more virulent than the Clinton haters in the 90's. As Hillary said "Obama could walk on water and they will scream he cannot swim."

It has been a long time since a president inherited such an unbelievable mess and we surely would be on our way to hell if Republicans were still in charge. He has managed to get through Congress two monumental bills: the stimulus bill and the health care bill. Given the poisonous politics those bills were bound to be heavily compromised and far from perfect, but they addressed serious problems. What similar legislation achievements can be laid at the feet of recent Republican presidents? Tax cuts, deregulation plus denigration of government, all starting with the hero Reagan. The chickens came home to roost in 2008 when the financial sector faced imminent meltdown. The last thing we need is those bozos back in the saddle.

Posted by: serban1 | March 24, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Yes Obama did turn a corner but where will it lead ? State legislatures are already up in arms ready to obtain state constitutional
amendments. Others will apparentle challenge the bill through lwasuits. So a battle was won bu it is early to decalre victory.
Since Omama "turned "one corner let us hope
he will now concentrate on the two main issues at hand: Unemployment and SECURITY.
Let us not forget that according to the heads of allU.S security agencies another 9/11 is likely to happen !!!!

Posted by: jeanpierregamet | March 24, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse


jakemeyer1:

Right now the only thing on the side of the Dems is Pelosi, Reid, and Big "O" and his Happy Time Propaganda Promise Machine.

Posted by: JAH3 | March 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse


People are missing.

Please look up Narcissistic Personalty Disorder + Obama

You need to look out:

I lived with, was a business partner with and family member, and I'm still working to get away from the damage from over 50 years of troubles.

Obama show in almost every way that he has a server personality disorder.

The parties behind the scenes know it, That why Biden gave the F*&^ing Bomb, to just promote Omama's ego.

It will get ugly

Posted by: rdurig | March 24, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Only by publishing ALL the special deals can the Republicans hope to repeal and replace this bill.

Posted by: N369RM

*************************************************************************

here's a simple civics question for you.

How many votes does it take for the HCR to be repealed over an Obama veto?

A: too many

Posted by: theobserver4 | March 24, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The moral of the story is clear: the public prefers sausage to sausage-making. Now that we have an actual law (not a bill, but a law) the GOP can no longer focus on process, which is readily subject to distortion and outright lies (death panels, anyone?).

It's a long way from now to November and things could surely change. But it should be obvious to all that those GOP end zone dances we've been witnessing were premature. It's half time folks, and right now Big Mo is on the side of the Dems.


Posted by: jakemeyer1 | March 24, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the conservative Democrats at the moment. use this newfound momentum to focus on the economy and financial reform. If they do this and Republicans continue to goose step in time against every proposal then they'll actually pick up seats. Use the big remaining issues of economy and financial shenanigans to make sure that Repubs begin to peel off and support some Dem proposals which will deflate the rabid right wingers. How excited will they be for the GOP when they're forced to support good policy offered by the Dems?? The politics of scorched earth will backfire in Nov if they follow that path.

DO NOT GRANT AMNESTY!

Posted by: theobserver4 | March 24, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Let's give the teabaggers and the other fleabrain republicans part of the country and call it a day, shall we?

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | March 24, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The moral of the story is clear: the public prefers sausage to sausage-making. Now that we have an actual law (not a bill, but a law) the GOP can no longer focus on process, which is readily subject to distortion and outright lies (death panels, anyone?).

It's a long way from now to November and things could surely change. But it should be obvious to all that those GOP end zone dances we've been witnessing were premature. It's half time folks, and right now Big Mo is on the side of the Dems.


Posted by: jakemeyer1 | March 24, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

See where new home sales are down again this month. Hope the out-of-work construction workers can get on one of those free government paid health plans. (Oh, that's right, that part of the plan won't kick in until 2014.)

Posted by: JAH3 | March 24, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama lied to us when he promised no special deals and that the changes would all be on C-Span! Nobody can even tell us about ALL the "Back Room" special deals that were cut to get this monster passed. Not even the Republicans can list them all. READ:

http://theohiolaborlawyers.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/can-anyone-list-all-the-special-deals-that-were-cut/

Only by publishing ALL the special deals can the Republicans hope to repeal and replace this bill.

Posted by: N369RM | March 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse


To all the people who think providing health care to people who can't afford it and denying unlimited care to children is wrong or will some how ruin the country. I say get over it, but for the grace of the Almighty you could find yourself in one of those groups. We can't allow this country to be run by the rich corporate puppet republicans and judgemental conservatives who are only interested in lining their own pockets or pushing their limited views of the world at the expense of everyone else. I'll be voting for more change in November.

Posted by: Mtampa


Health care is available to all, except there are those that think they don't need to pay for it, and why, because they get everything else for free. As they 'ol saying goes: "VOTE DEMOCRAT, IT'S EASIER THAN WORKING"!

Adios Obama, "ONE AND DONE"!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 24, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

To all the people who think providing health care to people who can't afford it and denying unlimited care to children is wrong or will some how ruin the country. I say get over it, but for the grace of the Almighty you could find yourself in one of those groups. We can't allow this country to be run by the rich corporate puppet republicans and judgemental conservatives who are only interested in lining their own pockets or pushing their limited views of the world at the expense of everyone else. I'll be voting for more change in November.

Posted by: Mtampa | March 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

To all the people who think providing health care to people who can't afford it and denying unlimited care to children is wrong or will some how ruin the county. I say get over it, but for the grace of the Almighty you could find yourself in one of those groups. We can't allow this county to be run by the rich corporate puppet republicans and judgemental conservatives who are only interested in lining their own pockets or pushing their limited views of the world at the expense of everyone else. I'll be voting for more change in November.

Posted by: Mtampa | March 24, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

It is true that the costs of Social Security and Medicare are sky rocketing but it poses no problem for Uncle Sam. Large increases in the payroll tax will keep the checks flowing and medical expenses paid for older Americans. It also would increase productivity, a hungry worker is a better employee. Overpaid workers are obese, spoiled, and need their fat trimmed.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | March 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Silly TEA BAGGERS... Have you no shame? You certainly are truth challenged. You have been betrayed by your republican allies in congress who did not stop the bill. Scott Brown? What difference did he make? He is simply the most junior of one hundred Senators. The will of the majority was finally expressed, as the founders of this nation intended. Good for the president, good for democrats in congress and good for the American people. By the time we get to November we will be making another down payment in the effort to make republicans the permanent minority party. The democratic base is also being energized rethugs, so get ready for another drubbing at the polls.

Posted by: robertmerry | March 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

JAH3, are you out of your fracking mind? Obama is a "narcissistic" personality? This is comical and silly given that the big hero for you bed wetting dweebs is a baby faced punk who bawls like an infant on his pathetically ridiculous Fox News talk show and a swaggering, bloating, hog like Rush Limbaugh who boasts that he works with one half his brain tied behind his back just to make it even.

Look Swilbur, narcissism is a big, fat, sweaty idiot bobbing up and down like some grotesque bathtub toy while an obviously charisma defining challenged crowd of equally fat, bloaty, sweaty old white men and their tea hags bob up and down with him chanting "Rush! Rush! Rush!" as they wet their filthy underpants.

That's precisely what the Tea Party is really all about--privileged, fat, wealthy, old, white fahts trying to fend off a world wide culture change that renders them obsolete.

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Posted by: mmmitkonlyyou | March 24, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

My GOD after the time and money it took to get his own party to vote for it my dog could have passed this bill, and it was so embarressing for them to want more than 216 votes so the last one wouldn't have to take the blame for it thats how bad it is.
LOL

Posted by: samuellenn | March 24, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

By "turning a corner", do you mean that he will stop lying to the American people and stop trying to destroying its middle class? Has he realized that his narcissistic personality disorder has gotten in the way of good governance? Will he finally begin to work with the opposition? Will he end his arrogant, polarizing attitude?

Somehow, I doubt it.

Posted by: JAH3 | March 24, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's presidency turns a corner", indeed, to the LEFT.

Those who "soared" will become those that "stumbled".

Voters are increasingly getting their guide from honest Bloggers and not from politicians or liberal media. The prime example is, "Obama And Democrats Win, America loses."
"America Now Knows: Electing Obama Was The Greatest Mistake Of The Last 232 Years."

This opinion will remain in the Bloggersphere until November and it will prove right.

If you are a voter, read it at
http://www.robbingamerica.com

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | March 24, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of "Targets"...

URGENT TO TEAM OBAMA, CONGRESS: Now do the REAL health care reform...

...Take Down the Homeland-led Fusion Center Gestapo.

JOURNALIST EXPOSING U.S. GOV'T CELL TOWER MICROWAVE SILENT ATTACK SYSTEM CALLS FOR DISMANTLING OF HOMELAND 'FUSION CENTERS' -- AND THEIR HIGH-TECH TORTURE TOWERS.

• Rips Bucks County, PA- based Mid-Atlantic States MAGLOCLEN fusion center as Mid-Atlantic States "Centcom for an American Gestapo" (including DC and MD).

• Report: Gov't cell tower microwave/laser radio frequency weapon system keeps 'targets' asleep, immobilized, impaired, debilitated, as community "watch" stalkers invade, vandalize their homes.

Silent torture, impairment, induction of illness -- what the military calls "slow kill" -- camouflaged by profusion of cellular towers nationwide.

Gov't-enabled financial sabotage, vigilante community harassment of "targets" -- many considered to be "dissidents" or "undesirables" by a multi-agency "action program."

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

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

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture

NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America" (see "stories")

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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