Barack Obama,  Health,  Obamacare

President Obama Turns Up the Heat on Health Care Reform – Obamacare Must Be This Year or Never

President Barack Obama is introduced by American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg at a Democratic National Committee fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In a plea to his political supporters, President Obama today siad that if Congress does not deliver health care reform legislation by the end of the year the opportunity will be lost.

“If we don’t get it done this year, we’re not going to get it done,” Obama told supporters by phone as he flew home on Air Force One from a West Coast fundraising trip.

Obama’s political organization, Organizing for America, invited campaign volunteers to a midday conference call to describe a nationwide June 6 kickoff for its health care campaign. The president’s message to his re-election campaign-in-waiting was simple: If volunteers don’t pressure lawmakers to support the White House’s goal on health care, Washington would drag its feet and nothing would change.

“The election in November, it didn’t bring about change. It gave us an opportunity for change,” Obama said.

The presidential plea came as lawmakers prepare for an aggressive schedule of work aimed at producing comprehensive health care overhaul bills in the House and Senate by August.

But, Obama is leaving the details, including how to pay for his Obamacare reforms, to Congress and there is NO consensus on how to change the health care system.

Obama may have a permanent campaign organization in place but governing is more. The fact is the President has NO definitive plan, especially how costs will be distributed or should I say be redistributed.

My bet is that health care reform (Obamacare) stalls this summer as the economy refuses to quickly improve and the Congress’ attention is diverted there.

And, next year, forget it – it is an election year.

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