Skip to comments.Obama to Endorse Public Plan in Speech [Will Enzi, Grassley, and Snowe Support This]
Posted on 09/08/2009 6:30:25 PM PDT by Steelfish
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
Obama to Endorse Public Plan in Speech
JONATHAN WEISMAN and JANET ADAMY
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, in a high-stakes speech Wednesday to Congress and the nation, will press for a government-run insurance option in a proposed overhaul of the U.S. health care system that has divided lawmakers and voters for months.
White House officials say the president will detail what he wants in the health-care overhaul, as well as say he is open to better ideas on a government plan if lawmakers have them.
Democratic plans call for requiring most Americans to have health insurance. Failure to comply could cost families as much as $3,800 a year, according to a Senate proposal.
The president is likely to make clear that a government-run insurance plan, known as the "public option," will not provide a level of subsidies that give it an unfair advantage over private insurers, according to aides familiar with the speech preparations.
Insurers oppose the public option, saying it will lead to excessive government control of health care and could eventually drive them out of business. Republicans say they won't support an overhaul with a public option and liberal Democrats say they won't support one without it. "Are the stakes important? Of course," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. "It's a big audience, and the president will get a chance to lay out clearly for the American people what's involved for them."
Big questions are likely to remain. Mr. Gibbs said the speech wouldn't be "accompanied by truckloads of paper and our own piece of legislation."
Negotiations over the health legislation resumed Tuesday as lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill after a month-long break.
A bipartisan group of senators huddled in the afternoon to decide whether to move forward on an overhaul plan...
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Somebody wake me when the nightmare is over.
This SOB is going to cram this through. Im so pissed.
Be in Washington D.C. this Saturday to show your displeasure with Dear Leader’s plans.
Grassley sounds a bit soft to the idea of “health care reform”. But he has also definitively stated that he will vote “No” on any bill which includes a public option.
If Congress made law that no public dollars would go to any medicine that had not been vetted by an insurance founded and funded verification laboratory much like Underwriter's Lab, nor would any public dollars go to any medicine which was not compared by this impartial lab to existing treatments including over the counter and generics, that no money would go to any generics that didn't pass the same examination for effectiveness and safety, gosh, a whole lot of the medicine game would be up.
Heck, you could even tie in tort reform into this, making a maximum payout limit for insurers who follow this path, as well as their drug company clients.
But no, no, all we get as ‘reform’ is just some asinine expansion of the existing system which they claim is broken in the first place. No new doctors, no new hospitals, no new clinics, just more people put into the same health system so that everyone can now have even worse care. I'd say that this is liberal ideology at it's worst, but many conservatives wave the Mitt flag around here, and it's pretty much the same idea. Bad.
I wish I could.
Obamacare: The Musical
If this crap passes, we are one step closer to officially becoming Venezuela. Obama’s master plan of turning America into a Communist country will become a reality
You can just sense that the pending arrival of all of us in D.C. on 9/12 isn’t even on their political radar screens yet. They have no idea the depth and breadth of the frustration they have ignited.
Limbaugh had it right when he said the purpose of the speech is to save Obama’s political bacon.
In other words, 0bozo will not be saying a whole more than he’s already been babbling about for the last two months, including his last all networks speech (except for Fox) which was a dud and turned into an embarrassment for 0bozo after he slammed the Cambridge cop in a cheap racist shot. What a POS 0bozo is!!! He’s going to rehash his same line of BS that he’s already been spewing for the last two months.
Or maybe it will be trigger that unleashes the storm of outrage to take our country back from the socialist communists by force.
Any BlueDog, RINO or RAT that hears "Public Option" in tomorrows speech and doesn't hear the sound of their political career getting flushed down the toilet at the same time is an id10t?
obuma is stupid beyond measure. He should endorse Stalin or Hitler to end the debate about whether he’s a Nazi or a communist.
In the past they have been correct. Americans have notoriously short memories. The "Independents" are especially fickle and shallow and may well fall for it.
I guess we have to burn up the phone lines to our Senators and Representatives Thursday!
13% , what the first year? What happens after that?
KILL THE BILL!
Why would the Republicans even show up for this farce? If they had any (you know what), they’d call in sick. These people are simply shameless the whole lot of them.
The first day in a month I do not feel good about where this is going. What in the hell is going on with our county and their leaders.
I hope I’m wrong, but Chuck Grassley has always impressed me as having the backbone of Orrin Hatch, i.e. talk tough until it’s time to vote...and then “compromise.
Bingo. They also know that it won’t kick in until 2013, after Obama has run for reelection. Besides, the nasty stuff associated with the bill (rationining,etc.) won’t kick in immediately. It will be a slow drip that will await whomever runs for president in 2026. By that time, their hope is that Americans won’t think it’s that bad. Even if it is THAT BAD (which it will be), the entitlements will be tough to give up. That’s what makes the Democrats’ plan so evil.
Face it, this is not about elections or Obummer’s poll numbers, this is about their radical plan to change the country as we know it and they will stop at nothing to do it now that they got the chance. They don’t care what polls, or pundits or WE say! They could care less! They think they know what is best for this country and will ram it down our throats if they have to.
Of course he will endorse the public plan! He cannot do otherwise. He is a dyed in the wool communist and he cannot fake being something else. He hasn’t tried to...not since the election. He can’t.
And Americans are no longer enthralled by his slickness.
So many Americans have lost their jobs and yet all Bozo wants to focus on is ramming through his anti-jobs agenda - first healthcare then tax and trade.
But NOTHING that truly helps bring real jobs back because real jobs only come through the private sector, through capitalism, through setting businesses free to make a profit and hire people!
Yet we hear ZERO from ZERO or his commie cohorts in Congrsss about this and THAT is another reason people are so angry at him and at Congress.
Wake up you DEmonrats.....Americans are fully awake, are not mobsters, are very sober, are hurting from losing jobs, do not want the government running their healthcare or ruining our economy any further...and NOTHING YOU SAY will change that.
In fact, go ahead and ram through your government run healthcare plan and let’s watch your approval ratings go into the single digits along with those of your commie cohorts in Congress.
You think Acorn will pull your little rear end out of the fire in 2010.
No way. America is too angry and will NOT forget.
Hopefully, his constituents stiffened his spine on at least that item.
As the old adage goes, "Familiarity breeds contempt".
Agree- you read my mind on this! I can barely stomach to either watch or hear him. It’s becoming very stale. Moreover, 0 will be on GMA tomorrow.
Because that would require someone in the Executive Branch to actually have to work, except TOTUS, of course.
If it is such a great plan why are the congress and unions exempt
Obowma: do please insist on the public option, commit political suicide, and take your congress of criminal money grubbing pinko bozos down with you. Please, just do it! We have had enough of you and your czar commissars.
We the People....
He. Just. Doesn’t. Get. It.
A good point to stress.
Most people don't have the time or inclination to read up on this POS legislation like those of us on this board. But this little bon mot seems to be readily understood by all and certainly calls the "government option" into question by those who don't follow the news closely.
Note to parents: It's not just geezers who have something to worry about....
I’m hoping there is a huge turnout!!! Althought whatever
the number of people in attendance, the MSM will cut the
estimate in half.
But they ignore us at their peril.
So, he’s going to try to get them to go through with this act of elitist arrogance and utter tyranny. Public ire really means so little to them??
What is it going to take to show them that “We the People” are the boss and they are OUR SERVANTS, not the other way around?
kill the bill
He’s giving a speech on the 9th?
I’ll be watching something far more important — the Apple event. It’s sure to have more positive news about this country (or at least its products) than Obama. And I’m actually likely to be pleasantly surprised by what’s revealed.
I know what I’m going to get from Obama (socialist drivel and lies), I know what the media reaction will be (”I wanna have his baby!”), so why bother?