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  •  He is standing firm on some things (4+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, a2nite, drsampson, 207wickedgood

    But maybe not on the right things. I am concerned that he has not said a word about the Medicare age publicly. I think he might be willing to consider it in part because, as you point out, the GOP has leverage in that they have to vote to authorize the funding for the subsidies, and he doesn't want to see his signature achievement fail to get off the ground because House Republicans hold up the funding.

    The president is standing firm on raising the top tax rate (although not necessarily all the way) and on the middle class tax cut, both of which are great. But I am afraid we could win the battle and lose the war when the debt ceiling comes due. I think he understands that and that is one of the reasons he wants to reach a broader deal now.

    I really hope he does not agree to raise the Medicare age, but I still think a deal now that takes away the debt ceiling as a weapon, ensures funding for the ACA, and avoids sequester is probably better than just letting the tax hikes go into effect and then enabling Republicans to demand bigger entitlement/earned benefit cuts (I use both terms since Medicaid is not an earned benefit) when the debt ceiling comes up.

    •  Could he be letting Pelosi take the lead on that? (1+ / 0-)
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      democrattotheend

      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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      •  Could be (2+ / 0-)
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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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