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Obama Calls On Bloggers To Keep Health Care Pressure On Congress (AUDIO)

 
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Obama Calls On Bloggers To Keep Health Care Pressure On Congress (AUDIO)
[link to www.huffingtonpost.com]

In a reflection of a legislative strategy that has left no stone unturned, President Barack Obama on Monday called on like-minded bloggers to help his administration keep the heat on lawmakers to pass health care reform.

"It is important just to keep the pressure on members of Congress because what happens is there is a default position of inertia here in Washington," the president said during an invitation-only conference call. "And pushing against that, making sure that people feel that the desperation that ordinary families are feeling all across the country, every single day, when they are worrying about whether they can pay their premiums or not... People have to feel that in a visceral way. And you guys can help deliver that better than just about anybody."

In a roughly 25-minute session with a handful of prominent progressive bloggers, the president also asked for help combating disinformation about his health care plan.

"I know the blogs are best at debunking myths that can slip through a lot of the traditional media outlets," he said. "And that is why you are going to play such an important role in our success in the weeks to come."

The call demonstrates just how heated the health care debate has become in recent weeks and how much ammunition the administration is willing to bring to the table. At various points in the call, the president offered a strikingly detailed synopsis of his political strategy and health care policy as a whole.

While he refused to insist that lawmakers stay in Washington during the August recess, he declared definitively that, "the time for talk is through."

"Now is the time for us to go ahead and act," Obama declared. "We are working as hard as we can and I have told Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that it is critical that we have seen serious forward motion before people leave [in August]."

Moreover, for the first time in recent memory, Obama floated the possibility that if it appears that health care reform lacks the 60 votes needed for passage, he might be open to reconciliation, which would allow for an up-or-down vote on budgetary and tax aspects of the bill.


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07/21/2009 03:42 AM
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Re: Obama Calls On Bloggers To Keep Health Care Pressure On Congress (AUDIO)
An invitation only call to bloggers from the POTUS. Is that a first?
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07/21/2009 03:46 AM
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Re: Obama Calls On Bloggers To Keep Health Care Pressure On Congress (AUDIO)
Sure it keeps every-body looking at Health Care & not at his birth certificate.. shroom
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Re: Obama Calls On Bloggers To Keep Health Care Pressure On Congress (AUDIO)
In other words "The Shills Are Out In Force!"

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