From the Fox News transcript:
BAIER: Do you know which specific deals are in or out, as of today?
OBAMA: I am certain that we’ve made sure, for example, that any burdens on states are alleviated, when it comes to what they’re going to have to chip in to make sure that we’re giving subsidies to small businesses, and subsidies to individuals, for example.
BAIER: So the Connecticut deal is still in?
OBAMA: So that’s not — that’s not going to be something that is going to be in this final package. I think the same is true on all of these provisions. I’ll give you some exceptions though.
Something that was called a special deal was for Louisiana. It was said that there were billions — millions of dollars going to Louisiana, this was a special deal. Well, in fact, that provision, which I think should remain in, said that if a state has been affected by a natural catastrophe, that has created a special health care emergency in that state, they should get help. Louisiana, obviously, went through Katrina, and they’re still trying to deal with the enormous challenges that were faced because of that.
OBAMA: That also — I’m giving you an example of one that I consider important. It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake. So that’s not just a Louisiana provision. That is a provision that affects every state that is going through a natural catastrophe.
What earthquake in Hawaii? The 1868 one, or the 1975 one?
Then there’s the question of the Slaughter rule,
BAIER: You have said at least four times in the past two weeks: “the United States Congress owes the American people a final up or down vote on health care.” So do you support the use of this Slaughter rule? The deem and pass rule, so that Democrats avoid a straight up or down vote on the Senate bill?
OBAMA: Here’s what I think is going to happen and what should happen. You now have a proposal from me that will be in legislation, that has the toughest insurance reforms in history, makes sure that people are able to get insurance even if they’ve got preexisting conditions, makes sure that we are reducing costs for families and small businesses, by allowing them to buy into a pool, the same kind of pool that members of Congress have.
We know that this is going to reduce the deficit by over a trillion dollars. So you’ve got a good package, in terms of substance. I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate.
Good grief. This clip ought to put Obama’s supposed upholding of the US Constitution in the ground where it belongs.
Maybe Obama thought the oath was to “preserve, protect, and ignore” the Constitution. That would explain a lot.
NRO calls Baier’s interview
the single best interview of President Obama in a year, by any reporter.
A couple of things are clear:
- Obama did his best to stonewall and run down the clock
- was impatient
- and, as Another Black Conservative observed,
Normally Obama is pretty good at giving non-answers, but under Baier’s pressure, his non-answers were quite apparent.
But the more troubling part of the entire interview is that, judging by his non-answers, Obama doesn’t know what’s in the bill. Maybe he’s taken Nancy Pelosi’s advice, “Let’s pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it“?
Day By Day looks for repairs.
Supposedly the bill will be voted on Sunday. When is it going to be posted?
The Democrats are hell-bent on passing this thing.