The full court press is on for Obamacare:
With the fate of his signature legislative initiative far from certain, President Barack Obama is taking his last-ditch push for health care reform on the road.
In a speech Monday in Philadelphia, Obama will try to persuade the public to back his plan to remake the nation’s health care system, while also urging uneasy lawmakers to cast a “final vote” for a massive reform bill in an election year.
Obama’s pitch in Philadelphia, along with a stop in St. Louis Wednesday, comes as the president begins an all-out effort to pass his health care proposals. Though his plan has received only modest public support, Obama has implored lawmakers to show political courage and not let a historic opportunity slip away.
Despite staunch Republican opposition, Democratic leaders are cautiously optimistic they can pass a bill without GOP votes.
“I think the trend is in the right direction because people see that the status quo is absolutely broken,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Party leaders are narrowing in on a strategy that calls for House Democrats to go along with a health care bill the Senate passed in December. Obama would sign it into law, but senators would promise to make numerous changes on issues that have concerned House Democrats. Because Senate Democrats lost the 60-seat majority needed to stop GOP filibusters with the Massachusetts Senate race, the changes would have to be made under rules that require only simple majority votes.
That strategy would put lawmakers on way to meet Obama’s goal of Congress passing a health care bill by March 18, when he leaves on a trip to Indonesia and Australia. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would sign a bill “shortly thereafter.”
It’s coming… whether you like it or not… and though the following is a tad dated from Dr. Bob, he gives an insider’s warning as to what Obama and his thugocrats are about to do to us all:
As the Democrats in Congress press forward in blind determination to pass their health care reform legislation come hell or high water, the pernicious effects of the legislation are increasingly becoming evident to anyone who takes the time to dig into its details. Though our Congressional representatives cannot seem to find the time to read these gargantuan, 2000-page bills, busy as they are padding their pockets with filthy lucre from lobbyists and interest groups, those at the state level who are will be responsible for picking up the credit card bills from this monomaniacal spending spree are starting to sweat. Even the Blue states — no strangers to fantasy spending budgets, punitive taxes, and political giveaways — can see the handwriting on the wall.
He’s got much more, all of it sounding an alarm, all of it being ignored by those pushing an agenda purposed in expanding the size of inefficient and wasteful government and consolidating power.
Your hope and change.