Posted by: samhenry | September 2, 2009

DEMS SURE OF TWO THINGS: KENNEDY DEATH WILL HELP; PUBLIC OPTION NOT NEGOTIABLE

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By Sam Henry

In a recent Glenn Thrush interview with Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, [http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0909/Reid_Teddys_death_going_to_help_us.html], when  asked about the Kennedy death factor in the fight for health care reform, Senator Reid responded bluntly:

I think it’s going to help us. He hasn’t been around for some time. We’re going to have a new chairman of that committee, it’ll be, I don’t know for sure, but I think Sen. (Chris) Dodd, (D-Conn.). He has a right to take it. Either him or (U.S. Sen. Tom) Harkin, (D-Iowa), whichever one wants it can have it. I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He’s an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn’t get it done.”

Meanwhile in another offering from politico.com, Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei report that under the pressure of an unsuccessful bit to push a health care reform package through Congress, the President and his aides are crafting a revised strategy. The core of the strategy is that Obama himself will have a more active role in selling the proposed legislation.   Repeatedly it seems that in the Obama White House, the best spokesman for the administration and even the party is the President himself.  The President plans to go on television to reiterate his health care reform demands albeit he is still open to drop the public option. House leaders will not. Obama is considering detailing his health-care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess. And although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has no plans to insist on it himself, the officials said. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26672.html#ixzz0Pwm9SzQX]

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