HopeTracker| Politico reports this morning that Hill Democrats are totally confused over what President Obama wants to do with health care. Reluctant to criticize, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed frustration with the slow pace of the negotiations and the absence of any clear support from the White House on a solution for deadlocked negotiations.
President Obama has moved on to jobs as his new priority and health care is more or less waving in the wind, as it did during most of 2010 on the Obama agenda. The President’s strategy was not one of providing vision on health care but instead, of delegating negotiations to Congress.
Pundits increasingly describe health care reform as dead, even as health care costs threaten to consume America’s economy. Democrats say they have no idea what the President wants beyond meetings.
Nor do we have a citizen mechanism for the American people to vote on the particulars of the health care proposals, as the President suggests. This is why we have a President and Congress.
The latest comment came during a Thursday fundraiser when Obama described the “next step” as sitting down with Republicans, Democrats and health care experts. “Let’s just go through these bills — their ideas, our ideas — let’s walk through them in a methodical way so that the American people can see and compare what makes the most sense,” Obama said, describing a process that could take weeks, if not longer.