He’s got one.
Congressional Democrats are upping the pressure on President Barack Obama to fix what’s ailing his signature health care initiative with some in the party warning they may be forced to back a House Republican proposal if the White House doesn’t offer an alternative by week’s end.
“We’ve got to get out of the bunker and fix these problems,” a senior congressional Democratic source told CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash of flaws in the newly rolled out law that have energized Republican efforts to weaken the President and his allies and derail a policy they have long considered unworkable.
The White House has until Friday to devise a solution to the problem-plagued roll out of the Affordable Care Act, the source said.
That’s when House Republicans will take up a bill to address one of the more politically potent Obamacare problems for the President and Democrats — those losing their health coverage due to the law despite Obama’s assurances in selling it to the public that Americans could keep their plans if they wanted.
The House bill would allow those insurance plans to extend into next year and gut a major part of the law by allowing anyone to purchase them, even though the existing policies don’t meet the tougher requirements of the Obamacare initiative.
“In the absence of a solution that Democrats can support from the White House, you will see more and more Democrats voting for the Upton bill,” the Democratic source said of the plan being advanced this week by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters that Obama needs to come up with a solution “sooner rather than later.”
Boosting pressure further on Obama was former President Bill Clinton, who said on Tuesday that the President should find a way to uphold his initial promises about health policies.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the President should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got,” Clinton said during an interview with the website OZY.com.
Sounds like Bill Clinton still thinks Obama should be fetching coffee. (Though he’d probably get the order wrong, and end up spilling the tepid brew in our laps.)
Still, you gotta love Clinton’s performance in the role of Brutus. He talks like “folks”, on a site no one’s ever heard of, just slipping the blade between the first two floating ribs, without blinking or losing a smile. That is one cold son of a bitch.
And he knows it’s impossible. The whole point of the law is to take away “what they’ve got”; the law doesn’t work if it doesn’t. Clinton is like the mob capo whose goons have beaten the snot out of some low-life. The guy lies bleeding before him, barely conscious, and the wiseguy coils his Bruno Magli to deliver one last contemptuous kick to the face. He wipes the mess on his trouser leg and walks away.
Why? Why add insult to injury? Because it’s all about Hillary, and even though Hillary isn’t part of this cluster[bleep], she can’t be tied to it in any way. Like the mob guy, Bill Clinton is taking no chances of a stray finger print. He’s taking out the guy, chopping him up, feeding him to the fishes, and torching the place.
It’s not personal, Barack, you understand. It’s business.