Baier Nails Obama To The Wall On Earmarks, Health Care Process

Posted: Mar 17, 2010 6:22 PM
Fox News host Bret Baier sat down with President Obama for a one-on-one interview about health care. The interview was one of the most combative I’ve ever seen.

The best information from the interview came when President went on record as supporting the Louisiana Purchase, the Florida Medicaid deal, and the Connecticut deal, all under the guise of supporting equal treatment “across states.” That was a clear dodge.

The President also went on record as saying that Obamacare did not change the need for a "doc fix," a Medicare stopgap that costs almost half of what the bill is expected to cost. According to the President, inheriting a problem does not obligate him to tackle it.

Excuses like, “Brett, let me finish,” and “Brett, let me finish my answers here,” crossed the President’s lips at least four different times. He wouldn’t talk about reconciliation, saying that “we have a vote on whether or not we’re going to maintain the status quo or change the system.”
Washington gets very concerned about these procedural issues in Congress. What the American people are about is that their premiums are going up 20, 30, 60 percent.
After dodging questions about the Slaughter rule – that would shovel health care through without an up-or-down vote – the President said, once again, clearly annoyed:
I’m trying to answer your question, and you keep interrupting.
It was clear there was something to hide.

All eyes are on Congress tonight as the Congressional Budget Office decides whether or not to release a cost estimate of the latest version, which would open the window for a vote by Saturday...