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Dems in a ‘fix’

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Politics,Chris Stirewalt,Power Play

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Buzz Cut:
• Dems in a ‘fix’
• Moderates triangulate against Obama
• Liberals in foul fury
• Obama huddles with insurance partners
• And no, you can’t keep the cannon…

DEMS IN A ‘FIX’ - How many House Democrats will vote for a bill today that would enforce President Obama’s infamous “if you like it” pledge on health insurance? That’s the question as the White House watches a growing revolt against the president among both moderate and liberal Democrats. Rather than a “fix,” the president’s offer to not enforce his own regulation banning millions of insurance plans seems to have deepened Democratic despair over the troubled law. The White House has already said the president will veto a bill from Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. But Obama threatened a veto in July of another measure delaying a tax penalty for uninsured Americans and still saw 35 Democrats revolt. The law and Obama’s presidency were in much better shape back then. The stage is set for a stinging rebuke.

[“We want certainty to this. Who’s to say [President Obama] doesn’t change his mind a week or two or maybe even a few months down the road, that’s why our bill is a better answer – because who knows how his executive order is going to be tested.” –Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.,“On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Upton, appears on the Fox News Channel in the 10 a.m. ET hour today.]

MODERATES TRIANGULATE AGAINST OBAMA - Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., offered tepid praise for the president’s proposal while maintaining that she isn’t opposed to bipartisan legislative fixes. With the latest Gallup poll now showing 55 percent of Americans souring on the bill, Democrats want to undo the damage. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told the New York Times “When you start losing the trust and confidence, not only of Congress, but the American people, that makes it even more difficult.” All signs indicate that Clintonite Senate Democrats will be pushing to cement Obama’s administrative move and likely expand it.

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