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  •  Could he be letting Pelosi take the lead on that? (1+ / 0-)
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    She's been pretty strong on not letting that happen, while he may be keeping up the facade of allowing it for consideration, just to string them along. At least, I hope that's the logic.

    "Marco Rubio es un pañuelo Rosa!" - Montgomery Burns

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:28:48 AM PST

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      Fordmandalay, 207wickedgood

      I speculated at one point that he wanted to look like he made a good-faith effort to consider the Republicans' proposals on entitlements.

      However, David Corn's book provides pretty strong support for the fact that at least in 2011, the White House was willing to agree to raising the Medicare retirement age gradually during the debt ceiling fight, as they knew they would have to give on some things regarding entitlements and viewed raising the age as the lesser evil to cutting benefits. The president and his advisors figured that by the time the age hike went into effect, the ACA would be in effect and provide people in that age group with an alternative. But this was before Obama won re-election, and before these Republican governors had started refusing to implement Obamacare. Hopefully that will change the president's thinking, along with a strong showing of opposition from the American people.

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