The First Draft: Deja vu – it’s China and healthcare again

July 28, 2009

Presidents are never afraid of beating the same drum twice.

Today, President Barack Obama continues his quest to boost support for healthcare reform with a “tele-town hall” at AARP. Then he talks about relations with China, just like on Monday.

With Obama’s drive for healthcare reform stalled in the Senate and the House — even though both chambers are controlled by his fellow Democrats — the president is looking to ordinary Americans to push harder for an overhaul of the system.

Democrats have backed away from a vow to take a vote on the legislation before the month-long August recess but lawmakers in both chambers are still working on the bill. This afternoon, Obama heads to AARP headquarters to take questions from senior citizens about health insurance and his proposed reforms.

Then he heads back to the White House for talks with the leaders of the U.S.-China Strategic CHINA-USA/OBAMAEconomic Dialogue.

Obama is expected to talk with the top Chinese officials about the need for the two economic powers to work together for global economic recovery and also discuss issues like North Korea and global climate change.

After meeting with Obama the top U.S. and Chinese officials will hold back-to-back news conferences to give their own versions of what happened.

Will they announce similar results?

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing (Obama shakes hands with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo (c) and Vice Premier Wang Qishan on Monday)

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the president is talking to the choir again,AARP have shown in the past that they have democratic political preferences,so this seems a good fit.but are they doing what GE seem to have adopted as a policy, suck up to the president and hope to have an advantage when the cards are dealt out?

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

I do not know why media report about our health insurance like most Americans do not want it. Most people do, and those who do not are being manipulated exactly by the same media. It is unfair. In the pitifull state of our economy, the members of elite are still trying to profit from the fast-sinking living standards of most Americans and deploying media to fool them. But they undermining their own position too. After this country is completely devastated, arid and burned, where are they going to move with their accounts? South of France or Switzerland with their quality healthcare and healthy population with decent living standards?
Is this responsible and mature?

Posted by Paul Sauer | Report as abusive

I have completed this article with some interests.
I can not understand that,mass media in America had not highlighted very well on Mr,Obama!s new health care plans.
Now,Health care and America-China business relationship are Mr.Obama!s main priorities.
Both are important for Americans.

Obama wants us to drink the Kool-Aid while him and his others do not intend to. What a joke!!

Posted by rob ert | Report as abusive