January 11, 2010

AND HE'S GIVEN HIMSELF THE WORST OF BOTH WORLDS...:

Is Obama Moving Off-Base? (David Corn, 1/11/10, Politics Daily)

Unions. Labor leaders are livid that Obama is supporting a tax on high-priced, employer-sponsored health insurance policies. The Senate version of the health care reform bill contains such a provision to raise money to cover its costs; the House legislation does not, relying on a surtax on wealthy taxpayers. About 30 million workers will be effected by this tax on generous health plans, and union officials point out that many employees accepted lower wages in return for high-end insurance policies. [...]

Enviros. The final deal that Obama cut at the Copenhagen climate summit was a muddy one. American environmentalists have been debating whether it was a useful step forward or a time-wasting sidestep. But during the Copenhagen conference, environmentalists, sensing that US actions at the talks would fall short, issued a simple political demand: after Congress finishes health care, Obama must make the climate change bill pending in the Senate his next legislative priority. That doesn't seem likely. [...]

Abortion rights. The Obama White House appears to be willing to accept restrictions on abortion in the health care bill that go beyond the usual limits applied to federal measures. [...]

Peaceniks. Afghanistan, 'nuf said. And disenchantment within the Democratic base regarding Obama's expansion of the Afghanistan war is likely to intensify in the months ahead, as the Obama surge hits the ground--and there are more casualties.


...by making it seem to the public at large like he's shifted Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2010 6:49 AM
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