President Barack Obama has left Democrats as confused as ever about how the White House plans to deliver a health care reform bill this year, after two weeks of inconsistent statements, negligible hands-on involvement and a sudden shift to a jobs-first message.
“Without presidential leadership,” Neas said, “I just don’t see it happening. Someone has to bring them together.”
It’s unclear whether congressional Democrats will come to a resolution any time soon. They had hoped to determine their strategy by Friday, but negotiations on a jobs bill is taking precedence, aides said. Both Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) — two key negotiators on health care — are expected to be immersed in the jobs talks until Congress leaves for the President’s Day recess.
That means any significant progress on health care reform could be put off until late February at the earliest.
“Time is ticking,” Neas said, “and I believe time is perhaps our most formidable adversary, because we are getting more and more into the election year.”
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Politico: "Dems chafe as W.H. wavers on health"