In seeking enough votes to overhaul the nation's health care system, President Barack Obama is telling nervous Democratic lawmakers that their political fates are linked to the bill's passage, discouraging the notion that they can save themselves by opposing it, House members say.
The reality is that nearly every House Democrat from a conservative district will fall on their political swords if they vote for ObamaCare.
It seems rather obvious that Obama is pinning his own political survival on the passage of his healthcare package.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (upper photo) said Mr. Obama has spoken with more than three dozen Democrat lawmakers this week, repeatedly sidestepped questions of whether Obama has told them his presidency's fate depends on the legislation's passage.
Such suggestions could be ticklish because all 435 House seats are up for grabs in November, whereas Obama won't face voters until 2012.
Although Senior administration adviser David Axelrod (center photo) has said, "There's not been one minute of talk around the White House about what this means for Barack Obama's presidency," other evidence shows that the passage of ObamaCare will define Obama’s presidency.
Axelrod said Obama is well aware that a president's success often builds more success and that rejection of the health proposals could make it difficult to enact other major initiatives.
Congressman Henry Waxman (lower photo) of California, a member of the House Democratic leadership has said, "Members who think they have a tough race are not going to find security in voting 'no.'" Waxman said. "Because if this bill doesn't pass, they are going to be wiped out" in November.
Waxman is referring to Democrats in the House from heavily Democrat districts.
It’s Democrats from conservative districts voting for the bill who will be, as Waxman says, be “wiped out,” changing the complexion of the House in November to a Republican majority with Nancy Pelosi removed from her position as Speaker.