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Obama ups the sales pitch on health care

President Barack Obama, facing a public that no longer trusts him, Republicans who dog his every move and Democrats who prefer re-election to supporting the leader of their party, bumped up the rhetoric Saturday in a last-ditch effort to sell his faltering health care program. In his Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama honed in on Republicans and insurance companies in another desperate plea to convince Congress to finally pass reform of the health care system. Said the President: Now, despite all the progress and improvements we’ve made, Republicans in Congress insist that the only acceptable course on health care
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Is Rahm Emanuel undermining his boss?

A growing number of political insiders in Washington believe embattled White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is orchestrating a calculated campaign of press leaks and planted stories to save his job and restore his power inside the West Wing. For two weeks, stories and opinion columns have suggested President Barack Obama’s falling approval ratings, stalled legislative agenda and other political problems could have been avoided if he had only listened to his bombastic chief of staff. The campaign started with a column by Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. Milbank said Obama’s first year in office “fell apart in
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Obama offers more scraps to Republicans

President Barack Obama plans to offer Republicans a few more concessions on health care “reform” when he announced his latest revised plan Wednesday. Obama will include a handful of GOP desires into his plan but Republicans say the offer is more political theater than reality. “If the President simply adds a couple of Republican solutions to a trillion dollar health care package that the American people don’t support, it isn’t bipartisanship. It’s political cover,” Republican Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia said in a statement released by his office. Obama will include Republican initiatives to cut health costs and prevent fraud
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Obama courts uneasy Democrats on health care ‘reform’

President Barack Obama hopes he can convince reluctant Democrats who voted against his health care “reform” plan on its first trip through the House of Representatives. The vote counters in the Democratic whip’s office say nine of the 39 Democrats who voted against the health care bill have softened their opposition and might be convinced to support the bill on its second trip through Congress. So Obama will call them in for a White House version of “Let’s Make a Deal” to see what it will take to buy their support. It’s a long shot and a risky move because
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White House wants simple up or down vote on health care reform

The White House called for a “simple up-or-down” vote on health care legislation Sunday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to House Democrats to get behind President Barack Obama’s chief domestic priority even it if threatens their political careers. In voicing support for a simple majority vote, White House health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle signaled Obama’s intention to push the Democratic-crafted bill under Senate rules that would overcome GOP stalling tactics. Republicans unanimously oppose the Democratic proposals. Without GOP support, Obama’s only chance of emerging with a policy and political victory is to bypass the bipartisanship he promoted during his televised
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Docs to Obama: Quit smoking, eat better

President Barack Obama hasn’t kicked the smoking habit, takes anti-inflammatory medication to relieve chronic tendinitis in his left knee and should eat better to lower his cholesterol, his team of doctors concluded Sunday after the 48-year-old’s first medical checkup as commander in chief. The hoops-happy chief executive, who has endured an exhausting White House run and yearlong battles with congressional Republicans, was otherwise declared in excellent health and fit for duty. The White House physician, Navy Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, said Obama should stick with “smoking cessation efforts,” the use of nicotine gum, and come back in August 2011 after he
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Health care summit craps out

They came, they talked, they pontificated, they postured. In the end, they accomplished nothing. After seven-and-a-half hours of positioning, President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats failed to reach any agreement on health care reform and Obama now will do what he planned to do all along — push for a “my way or the highway vote” in the Democratic-controlled Congress. “We cannot have another yearlong public debate on this,” Obama said after the day-long, televised show-and-tell-nothing. “I’m not sure we can bridge the gap.” No one is sure he and the Democrats can get a health care bill passed either.
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Obama retreats on consumer protection

President Barack Obama is backing down on his demand for creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency. Instead, the administration is willing to consider housing a consumer regulation function inside the Treasury Department or perhaps another agency rather than create a new federal bureaucracy. The compromise comes in an effort to break some of the stalemates that have stalled Obama’s legislative initiatives. However, the president still wants a regulator free from political pressure to protect consumers from abuses by financial institutions on mortgages, credits cards and other services. Even with the compromise, Obama’s proposals face a tough road in both
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Health summit: Much ado about nothing

Here’s a moment of rare Washington bipartisanship for you: Republicans and Democrats agree that President Barack Obama‘s much-ballyhooed publicly-televised summit on health care will be much ado about nothing because nothing will come out of it. “We’re happy to be there, but I’m not sure what the purpose is,” says Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “It seems to me the President’s already made up his mind.” Republicans want to scrap the existing health care bill and start over. Democrats say that ain’t gonna happen. “The idea we have to start with a blank sheet of paper is ridiculous,”
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The health care soap opera approaches

Coming soon to daytime television: America’s long-running civic drama over how to provide better health care to more of its people without breaking the bank. President Barack Obama summons anxious Democrats and aloof Republicans to a White House summit Thursday — live on C-SPAN and perhaps cable — and gambles that he can save his embattled health care overhaul by the power of persuasion. Adversaries and allies alike were surprised by Obama’s invitation to reason together at an open forum, as risky as it is unusual. Ahead of the meeting, the White House will post on its Web site a
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