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A desperate President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to salvage his $950 billion health care plan but critics of this latest move from the White House call it more of the same and more hyperbole than reality.
Been there, done that say Republicans.
“Deja vu all over again,” says Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.
Democrats aren’t happy with Obama’s latest proposal either because it once again lacks a public option. Democrats in both the House and Senate say Obama didn’t consult them before announcing his “new” plan on Monday. Requests for a preview last week went unanswered.
“More of the same,” one Democratic Congressional staffer told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “More of the same means less of a chance of getting anything passed.”
Political insiders say the plan does nothing to improve chances of passage of any meaningful health care reform this year and puts even more strain on relations between Democrats on the Hill and Obama.
Republicans, however, privately welcomed Obama’s plan, seeing another opportunity to gain ground on faltering Democrats.
“Americans want the administration to scrap its massive government scheme in favor of an incremental approach to health care reform,” Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, the White House still seems unwilling to do the one thing Americans want most. It’s still clinging to a massive bill that Americans have overwhelmingly rejected, again and again, for months.”