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White House to reaffirm commitment to health care?

The White House is apparently telling Capitol Hill that "Obama will leave no doubt that his commitment to addressing health care is as strong right now as it was in his September speech." Let's hope.

By Ezra Klein  |  January 27, 2010; 3:06 PM ET
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Wonderful. So who's he going to get in a head-lock so this thing gets passed? Talk is cheap.

Posted by: leoklein | January 27, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

there are millions of strong prayers for this,
at this very moment.
where there is a will,
there is a way.

miracles happen every second.
events in life turn on a dime.
may barack obama
put his conviction, hope and wisdom
into action
this evening!!

Posted by: jkaren | January 27, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope, let's change, let's cry, let's drink, let's throw up...

Posted by: JaneG | January 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me he could spend most of his speech talking about the need to cut the deficit, create jobs, stimulate the economy, create a safety net for entrepreneurs and small business, etc, all the while getting bipartisan applause, then hit them with the punchline: oh, by the way, there's a bill that's already been approved by the Senate that will accomplish all that, and save 20,000 to 40,000 American lives a year in the process. All the hard work has already been done on the bill, all the House has to do is find a few minutes to approve it. I urge them to do so. Good night and God Bless America.

Posted by: tnoord | January 27, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, telling us he's still as committed as he was in September, is a far cry from telling us that he has asked Congress to pass the damn bill by, say, February 12, 2010.

Posted by: onewing1 | January 27, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@ tnoord: I love that idea. (I wish blogs had a "like" feature like on Facebook.)

Posted by: bupkiss | January 27, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

That's scary.

Given the fact that he has been totally passive since September, an equal level of committment is none at all.

Posted by: pj_camp | January 27, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Commitment = "Reconciliation Now!"

Posted by: cmpnwtr | January 27, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter how strong his committment is if the conclusion is supposed to be to pass what is on the table today.

Most people who voted for Obama did not do so to get a medical poverty program. They wanted REFORM for everyone. They wanted a universal program that would the chains that bind people to jobs just to get no- or low-cost coverage. What working people got were Congressional proposals to reinforce those chains through employer mandates and reduction of the coverage through the complicated excise tax.

People wanted direct programs that would quickly result in tangible savings -- e.g. Medicare negotiation for drugs. They got more spending with vague, complicated plans for down the road savings.

If Obama really thinks that rapid health care reform is critical to the nation, he won't urge Congress to pass the bills that are on the table: he'll present an actual plan for reform.

Posted by: Athena_news | January 27, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

It is hilarious to read posts by those on the left acting as if that September speech was some kind of game changer. The bill kept on becoming more and more unpopular after that speech. An overwhelming majority of the country does not want the bill, but it is supposed to get rammed through because Obama knows how to read a speech? Give me a break.

Posted by: Bob65 | January 27, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

America has had some moments that seem to confirm divine providence over this country. One was the coincidence of the deaths of Adams and Jefferson on the same day, the 4th of July. Another is that the destruction of this dreadful and corrupt bill should come from the very seat of Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: truck1 | January 27, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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