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President Obama Still Believes In Health Care Reform, And You Can Tell Because His Administration Is Making It Its Top Fourth Priority.

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 "When I say 'it's a priority,' you shouldn't take me to actually mean 'it's a priority.'"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be determined to pole vault, parachute, or do a rocket-powered triple lutz over an ocean of demon fire on her way to passing the health care bill (whatever it takes!), but top Obama adviser Rahm Emannuel isn't having any of it. After spending its first year on little else, the Obama administration has degraded health care reform's priority rating to we'll get to it later.

Mr. Emanuel, the chief of staff, said he hoped Congressional Democrats would take up the jobs bill next week. Then, in his view, Congress would move to the president's plan to impose a fee on banks to help offset losses to the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the fund used to bail out banks and automakers. Lawmakers would next deal with a financial regulatory overhaul, and then pick up where they left off on health care.

Seems as if, at least amongst more politically savvy Democrats, it's finally becoming clear that the party just doesn't have the votes to pass a reform bill. Pelosi claims she has the votes provided the Senate pushes through requested changes in reconciliation. But a number of Democratic Senators oppose that maneuver, and even if enough of the party was united in its desire to go forward with reconciliation, it would likely be a lengthy, messy process—one that might not even result in House Democrats getting the changes they're looking for. And with mounting pressure for Democrats to pivot to jobs, they can't afford another drawn-out procedural battle. So comprehensive health care reform will die a slow, lonely death on Washington's back burner as yet another legislative priority that no one really prioritizes.

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  1. Alito was caught mouthing the words, “I’m gonna strike down your healthcare bill if you pass it, too, biotch.”

  2. “Grr. Rowr. I am a big kitty!”

  3. Actually, they’re going to wait until they finish the “bullet train” from Detroit to Houston that will enable unemployed auto workers to commute to their new jobs.

    1. Really? Just after we’ve gotten over integrating Katrina refugees? Plenty of people from Michigan are moving here already.

  4. “You never could beat me, Egg Shen!”

      1. Thanks, I thought so, too. That photo just screams Lo Pan. Not with the awesome coolness of James Hong, of course.

  5. So you tickle the glans with your left hand while you tickle the scrotum with your right.”

  6. I wish Ezra Klein, Mickey Klaus and Matthew Yglesias would make a youtube of the three of them balling their eyes out like little girls over the lost promise of Obama and healthcare.

  7. EMANUEL: “OH, YEAH, NANCY, I’M SQUEEZING YOUR NIPPLES FROM ACROSS THE ROOM. YOU LIKE THAT, DON’T YOU, BITCH? YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, YOU’RE DIRTY, JUST LIKE RAHM LIKES IT.”

    1. “It’s time to ride The Eyebrow Express, baby.”

      1. I bet he’s said that before. Not where anyone could hear him, of course.

      2. “Ari! Get in here and take over! My scowl will be ruined if this keeps going.”

    2. Where do you think he lost that middle finger?

  8. “Mr. Emanuel, the chief of staff, said he hoped Congressional Democrats would take up the jobs bill next week.”

    Man, this nonsense infuriates me.

    Memo to Democratic Leadership and NY Times:

    If the problem is lack of jobs, the solution isn’t passing a “jobs bill” as if you can magically legislate companies to hire people.

    The solution is broad-based tax cuts, so companies get to keep more of their money and hire more people.

    1. But you dont’ understand. Tax cuts will just create evil, exploitive jobs. The jobs bill is going to create green, renewable Obamajobs.

      1. I don’t know about you but to me, an Obamajob sounds kind of dirty.

        1. I think you pay double for an Obamajob.

          1. I asked the last girl I was with for an Obamajob – she said no but that I could take her ass.

        2. Obamajob: Hoping you will have sex, but being terribly disappointed.

          See also: Most of High School.

          1. Obamajob: A totally fictional and artificially inflated claim.

            1. Obamajob: You dont cum, but she tells you that you did. And charges you double.

        3. Its okay. He will be gentle and respect you in the morning. An Obamajob only hurtst he first time you do it.

          1. I really do hope Obamajob goes viral. It’s just so fun to say!

            1. I really hope you don’t get a virus from that unprotected Obamajob last night.

      2. This must be the new “Obamajob Theorem” I’ve been hearing about.

        The Obamajob Theorem states that the Federal Government is only able to deliver 1/1000th of the promised work, at over 1000% the projected costs, minus all of the implied “Happy Endings”, over X amount of visits to DC.

  9. The jobs bill is designed to destroy jobs, right?

    1. Drats–foiled again!

    2. Only if they’re non-union, private sector jobs.

      If you’re a government employee in a union job, you’ve going to get a boost.

  10. So when they get serious about lowering unemployment, they start giving tax breaks (=Temporary Tax Cuts) instead of “stimulus”.

    They ‘ve still got enough strings on it to ruin it.

  11. Pelosi claims she has the votes provided the Senate pushes through requested changes in reconciliation.

    What happens when those “changes” don’t materialize? Will they repeal the whole thing?

    (I crack myself up.)

    1. Speaker Pelosi, I will pull out. I promise.

  12. Note that those air quotes aren’t double qoutes, anyway, but one-and-a-half quotes. Shows their lack of commitment.

    1. It’s an old ballet injury.

  13. The Oracle at Pelosi says: “just because the people of Massachusetts have powered on the band saw, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still walk into it.”

  14. “And the big mouse went ‘Squeek, squeek, squeek, I want all your cheese’.”

  15. Forgot to close the HTML tag.

  16. Holy shit – did Rahm have a debt of honor to repay to his Oyabun, or something? That’s a nasty yakuza bite there on his right hand!

    1. Health care didn’t pass. Obama-san lost face.

      1. Does this mean seppuku? No wonder Rahm’s hands are all curled up and weird looking.

        1. Oh no, he’s a gangster, not a samurai. The traditional atonement for Japanese gangsters (when their offense is not elimination-worthy) is cutting off a finger.

  17. “Pass this bill or you get my Vulcan death grip.”

    1. No. No.

      You’re doing it all wrong.

  18. What ruins some of the proposed captions is Rahm’s totally bored expression. Can’t he look more interested?

  19. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be determined to suck, fuck, fondle, and swallow on her way to passing the health care bill (whatever it takes!)”

    FIXED.

    1. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      1. Yes, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee indeed.

  20. So, I saw this story about Pelosi spending a hundred grand of our tax money on booze, on top of the two million bucks or so she spends using military jets to shuffle her worthless ass around the country. Is she a drunk herself, or does she just have a entourage full of drunks?

    Either way, I’d like to see someone introduce a bill to prohibit the use of tax money to buy alcohol for elected officials. I’m fine with the pentagon buying soldiers a beer, but getting Nancy liquored up at my expense really pisses me off.

    -jcr

  21. getting Nancy liquored up

    We call it, “Riding the alligator.” Long story.

  22. I’m amazed at the content (and votes) of the comments on that SF Chronicle blog post….it says something about the Democrats’ chances in November when Pelosi is getting tarred and feathered in her hometown newspaper.

    1. Pelosi is getting tarred and feathered

      I am hopeful.

  23. While health is wealth most of our people no good health and it is the reality that they have no wealth to keep health well. To keep good health we also need wealth. Health is wealth? Not always that!

  24. While health is wealth most of our people no good health and it is the reality that they have no wealth to keep health well. To keep good health we also need wealth. Health is wealth? Not always that!

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