Obama admin delays economic update as health care support dwindles

Posted on July 20, 2009

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The Obama administration acknowledged today that it would delay the release of a congressionally mandated report on the country’s economic status until mid-August. The announcement was played off as historical precedent as the spin is that every incoming administration has put off the report. The only problem is that this time around, the administration is pushing a mammoth government health care plan that may prove disastrous to the economy.

Let’s assume the administration is being honest and the delay is just a normal part of Presidential transition. Wouldn’t the responsible thing to do then be to delay debate on the health care bill until the American people have a more recent and clearer snapshot of the economy and how universal health care will affect it?

Instead, the Obama administration is continuing full speed ahead on a health care proposal that is becoming increasingly unpopular and an economic report that the AP anticipates will be negative will take more wind from the sails of universal health care. Is it really that much of a stretch to imagine that the administration is delaying the report to give itself more time to coerce Congress into passing its monstrosity?

Adding more credence to that thought is that support is falling sharply for Obama’s health care proposal. Governors, both Republican and Democrat, are balking at the plan, and the Mayo Clinic doesn’t support the plan either. Polls show eroding confidence in Obama on health care, and with good reason – people want lower costs for their health care, not a government mandated plan that will perhaps increase the number of people covered but will increase costs and force people out of a private plan as their employers decide it’s just not worth providing one when there’s a “free” one available.

Sen. Jim DeMint is calling the health care debate Obama’s Waterloo, which will see the President come to my home state of Ohio to stump for the plan before a press conference on Wednesday. I have increasing faith that this train wreck of a plan will be defeated in Congress – but the battle isn’t over yet. Pressure is mounting, but with Democratic majorities in both houses, with enough arm-twisting the plan could yet prevail. The question is whether Congressional Democrats value party loyalty over political self-preservation, as many of them who vote for this beast will likely find themselves out of a job after 2010.

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