It's not about your health...it's about OBAMA State, National, International, posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:08 am
Dems Start To Push Back Hard To Prevent A 'Waterloo'
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
by Anna Edney, with Kasie Hunt and Peter Cohn contributing
A telling episode recounted by Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley reveals the Obama administration might be more worried than they are letting on that a Republican senator's comparison of the healthcare overhaul to Waterloo might be dangerously close to the truth.
Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama's bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.
"Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn't going to pass if there weren't some changes made ... and the president says, 'You're going to destroy my presidency.' "
Yes, he is more worried about what HE wants, NOT what is best for the average American Citizen who pays his salary.
In a recent interview Obama admitted NOT being familiar with an important part of the proposed health reform act (Section 101 and 102 regarding grandfathered private insurance and the restrictions on insurance companies issuing new policies to individuals). WHY IS HE NOT FAMILIAR WITH SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE BILL HE SUPPORTS? This is why we need more time to debate the details of this huge government spending fiasco. Even the supporters are not aware of the details! Read this bill for yourself at
This is not something that any of us should support until we know the details and have debated them thoroughly. If passed, the problems created by the current version floating around Washington will never be fixed after the fact.
Posted by Einstein, a member of the Mohr Elementary School community, on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:20 am Einstein is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I believe the article to be correct and it is my belief that the issue is much larger than healthcare as I believe everything is about obama. In my view he has never been expected to actually achieve anything nor build anything in his life. He is the example of someone who has been given everything and now when confronted with the reality that there are people who do not actually believe he is capable he is recoiling against it. He must have some significant issues as he is the first president that I can recollect who routinely calls our detractors by name and goes after them, Limbaugh, Hannity, DeMint, O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs. True leaders seek ownership of problems whether of their own making or otherwise and get them resolved and do not blame others as does Obama. Mark my words that if the economy does not turn around quickly he will throw Bernanke under the bus and replace him with someone like Larry Summers who will tow the party line. I would be willing to bet that the 2010 elections are going to be a bloodbath for anyone seeking re election who supported these spend programs.
Posted by Right, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:29 am
"he is the first president that I can recollect who routinely calls our detractors by name and goes after them, Limbaugh, Hannity, DeMint, O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs"
Right, perhaps because he is intelligent and insightful, reads newspapers, listens to various viewpoints and then corrects "facts" that he feels were reported incorrectly. His reading newspapers and remembering the names of talk show hosts and reporters is bit of an oddity, after 8 years of Bush, so perhaps that's why it's striking. Rather than characterizing and lumping them all together as "conservative right-wing media" (to echo the "mainstream liberal commie/socialist media" that is thrown around so often these days), he is evaluating each one on its own merits.
Posted by Roberta, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm
You know after reading the above and listening to him and how he (Obama) lashes out when questioned it appears that Einstein is correct in that he does not seem to be able to take critism or guidence and those are not good qualities of someone we expected to represent all of us. I really liked the Obama who was about reaching out and gaining inclusion when he was running for the office but the President Obama appears to be just the opposite of what we elected him to be.
Posted by Sal, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Ken, Einstein,Roberta and the rest of the right-wing nut jobs don't care the least bit about healthcare reform or the troubles of our current system. Their motivation is to tear down Obama by any means necessary, even if it is at the expense of the American public. I guess this is what Republicans do when they have no real solutions or idea. Yet another pathetic display or fear and paranoia.
Posted by Roberta, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm
Wow! nice words and very respectful. I am not a right wing nut job and am not republican but rather an independent and I voted for President Obama but do not feel the person I voted for is the same person who is currently running the country. I have no idea how old you are but would recommend if you want to be taken seriously that you drop the name calling and hurtful things and learn facts as they are quite powerful.
Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Ditto Roberta. Sal misses the point I've been trying to make in several posts and in many emails and faxes to our legislators...take the time to debate, review, and properly think through a commitment as monumental as the proposed health care plan. This is not a partisan request. I'm self-employed and pay for my own health insurance (not provided through an employer). I have as much at stake in this as anyone else. The stimulus plans and payments made under both the Bush and Obama administrations (approved by our legislators in Washington) are two good examples of why we should thoroughly debate the health care reform. Both were rushed to approval and both have failed miserably to accomplish their goals of stimulating our economy. Those people I know who received the stimulus payments used them to pay bills they had already incurred or used the payments in a futile attempt to save their home from foreclosure. None of this helped the economy as evidenced by our ever-worsening unemployment rate. Read the text of HR 3200 (it's available on the Internet), form your own opinion, then write your representatives to explain what you like and don't like about the bill. If you are a fast reader, it will only take you a week or so to slog through it, and you are likely to be one of the few people who have taken the time to do so, including those who are voting on it in Washington.
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm
Interesting in that I am sitting here listening to Obama speak and it is very clear that he is under a lot of stress and as always is blaming others. So far he has blamed Bush, the Republicans, and even his own party and it is obvious this guy is all about himself and he has used the term "let me be clear about this" 23 times but in many cases mostly just stutters and stammers.