Obama: “I Shouldn’t Have to Offer Anything”
And — if — if we — Steve, when you say, “What can I offer?” — I shouldn’t have to offer anything. — President Barack Obama, on the eve of government shutdown, September 30, 2013
In an interview Monday with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, President Obama expressed his obstinacy and unwillingness to do what is best for the American people. He feels as though he shouldn’t have to offer anything to protect America from Obamacare.
Sadly the Left just won’t come to terms with Obamacare’s failures or its broad unpopularity. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is obviously no exception to that rule. But his defense of President Obama and Obamacare is weak and frankly embarrassing for the Left:
When pressed on the President’s lack of leadership, Carney responded:
Chris, they don’t like the Affordable Care Act and they ought to try to change it any way they can or repeal it any way they can. And in fact in the House, now they’ve done that 42 times.
In its most recent battle on Obamacare, the House passed a number of bills to fund the government but defund or delay Obamacare, giving Americans the same breaks from Obamacare Mr. Obama has given to his friends and cronies.
Unfortunately, Mr. Obama, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 12%, and many in the Senate won’t cooperate.
Mr. Obama wants to conflate funding the government with funding Obamacare, but they are two separate things:
As we talk, Mr. President, we’re on a day when, obviously, a shutdown is looming. You said earlier that you were going to be talking to the leaders. Did you mean Republican leaders? And if so, which ones?
Well, I’m going to be talking to all of them. And we still have a window, there’s still an opportunity during the course of this day, to avert a shutdown and make sure that we are paying our bills.
What can you offer?
And — if — if we — Steve, when you say, “What can I offer?” — I shouldn’t have to offer anything. They’re not doing me a favor by paying for things that they have already approved for the government to do. That’s part of their basic function of government; that’s not doing me a favor. That’s doing what the American people sent them here to do, carrying out their responsibilities.
He continued with campaign-style rhetoric and some finger pointing to place the blame on Republicans, rather than on Sen. Reid and the Senate where it belongs:
I have said consistently that I am always happy to talk to Republicans and Democrats about how we shape a budget that is investing in things like early-childhood education, rebuilding our roads and bridges and putting people back to work, growing our economy, making sure that we’ve got the research and development we need to stay at the cutting edge and that deals with some of our long-term debt issues. But we’re not going to accomplish those things if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want, and if they don’t, they threaten to burn down the house. That’s not a negotiation.
According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect.
Seventeen percent think the measure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.
The poll’s release comes on the same day as a key element of the health care law takes effect, as Americans without insurance can begin enrolling in state insurance exchanges.
As the exchanges open for business, 52% say the health insurance system created by Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, with 45% saying the system will eventually work.
The House is acting on the wishes of the American people to stop Obamacare. When will the Left come to terms with the truth and stop Obamacare?