Less than one day after holding a press conference stating that he needed to get health care legislation passed before the August recess president Obama said he was ok with the prospect that it wouldn’t occur until at least the fall.
From ABC News’ Jake Tapper
August – for months that was the goal the president set for Congress to work out a bi-partisan reform bill that would overhaul the country’s entire health care system, providing health care to millions of uninsured Americans. A president can dream. Today, speaking at a town hall meeting outside Cleveland, Ohio, Obama moved the goal posts.
“We just heard today that we may not be able to get the bill out of the Senate by the end of August, or the beginning of August. That’s OK. I just want people to keep on working, just keep working,” said the president. “I want to sign a bill, and I want it done by the end of this year.” And in the next breath, a new goal: “I want it done by the fall,” he said.
What prompted the change? Well, when fellow Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today there would not be a vote on the health care bill until September, Obama didn’t have much room to wiggle.
“So as long as I see folks working diligently and consistently, then I am comfortable with moving a process forward that builds as much consensus as possible,” he said.
Well at least this will give the left more time to run more attack ads on Dems who haven’t supported the legislation while the country gets a chance to evaluate the worth of a trillion dollar budget buster.