Which is why he and members of Congress are exempting themselves from a public plan that would have turned away the likes of Ted Kennedy for being too old to receive life extending cancer treatment.
Candidate Obama promised that any health care reform would provide everyone the same coverage that members of Congress enjoy. Contrast that with President Obama and members of Congress adding Section 3116 to the bill. This provision specifically exempts members of Congress and all federal employees from being required to sign up for the public option.
If it’s so great why not put themselves into the plan?
The AP provides a surprisingly frank analysis of Obama’s performance on this issue thus far.
WASHINGTON – Determined to avoid the fatal missteps of the Clinton White House, nation’s health care.is wobbling along his own precarious path to try to overhaul the
Where Hillary Rodham Clinton micromanaged the 1990s effort, Obama has given lawmakers lots of room and held back from offering a detailed plan of his own — but with no indication his strategy is working any better.
The sense of bipartisanship the president infused into the effort in March has been dissipated; lawmakers may never have taken it seriously. And the clear, confident message of last year’s presidential campaign has turned into confusing policy options and messy politics, a standoff on Capitol Hill over how to expand and improve health coverage — and somehow pay for it.
It’s all recasting Obama’s image. The cool, crisp candidate who captivated voters last fall has been replaced by a president who is constantly calling for action, with little to show for it and his credibility at stake.
He’s on the ropes and he knows it. Look for long-winded non-anwers to keep the questions to a minimum tonight.