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By Chip Reid 

(CBS)  President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform - a 
reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill - put on a fast 
track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise. 

"The House and Senate plan to put together the final health care reform bill 
behind closed doors according to an agreement by top Democrats," House Speaker 
Nanci Pelosi said today at the White House. 

The White House is on board with that, too, reports CBS News political 
correspondent Chip Reid. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed today that "the 
president wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible." 

During the campaign, though, candidate Obama regularly promised something 
different - to broadcast all such negotiations on C-SPAN, putting the entire 
process of pounding out health care reform out in the open. (That promise 
applied to the now-completed processing of forging House and Senate bills, 
too.) 

Back when Republicans controlled Congress and George W. Bush was in the White 
House, it was Democrats who angrily complained about secret backroom deals. 

Now the roles are reversed. 

"The negotiations are obviously being done in secret and the American people 
really just want to know what they are trying to hide," said Rep. Tom Price, 
R-Ga. 

Even with no cameras and no Republicans in the room it will be a tall order 
for the House and Senate to resolve their differences - especially on abortion 
coverage and how to pay for health reform 

Even so, top Democrats in both houses say they hope to have the final bill 
ready for the president's signature in time for his State of the Union address 
- less than four weeks from now.
                                            
birdparentswebtvnet
Blame the obstructionists.
                                            
Thanatos
Ah, so it's Republicans' fault every time Obama breaks a campaign 
promise.

Gotcha.
                                            
Ubiquitous
It's their S.O.P.
                                            
birdparentswebtvnet
From: [email protected] (Thanatos) 
so it's Republicans' fault
                                            
trotsky
What the fuck does that idiot Thanny think is happening?  That the 
Repugs are bending over backwards so people no longer die or go bankrupt 
from our quality health care system?  And he wants to whine about Obama?

I was listening to Stephanie Miller this morning and she mentioned how 
the Republicans claimed the health care legislation would be Obama's 
"Waterloo".  I felt like calling her and telling her that that is, in 
fact, double speak: the Repugs horrifically bad showing on this will 
give people absolutely no reason to vote for them.
                                            
birdparentswebtvnet
From: [email protected] (trotsky) 
the Repugs horrifically bad showing on this will give people absolutely
no reason to vote for them.
                                            
trotsky
That's not the way I heard it.  I heard words to the effect of they can 
kiss his black ass if they don't want to get with the program.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/08/steele-tells-gop-critics-to-fire-him-or-shut-up/

They've got some problems.
                                            
birdparentswebtvnet
From: [email protected] (trotsky) 
Michael Steele: they can kiss his black ass if they don't want to get
with the program. 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/08/steele-tells-gop-critics-to-fire-him-or-shut-up/ 

They've got some problems.
                                            
trotsky
Hey, at least now they have that Harry Reid quote to create a new 
vomitorium over.
                                            
birdparentswebtvnet
From: [email protected] (trotsky) 
Michael Steele: they can kiss his black ass if they don't want to get
with the program. 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/08/steele-tells-gop-critics-to-fire-him-or-shut-up/ 

They've got some problems. Hey, at least now they have that Harry Reid
quote
                                            
webermpolarisnet
He-Who-Cannot-Properly-Format-A-Followup brayed


How nice to see that the left's selective outrage is still alive and 
well.
                                            
trotsky
It was a boneheaded thing to say, but it was mostly factual, too.
                                            
birdparentswebtvnet
From: [email protected] (trotsky) 
that Harry Reid quote was a boneheaded thing to say, but it was mostly
factual, too.
                                            
Thanatos
So according to you, it's factual but it shouldn't ever have been said.

In other words, you favor of suppression of the truth at the Grand Altar 
of Political Correctness. Who knew?
                                            
Not
Do you charge by the hour or post?