RNC: This Week in Change III

Obama Continues His Trend of Adopting the Most Politically Expedient Position on Important Issues WASHINGTON , July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee: (Logo...


Patel: "Senator Obama Is Willing To Consider Any Sort Of Proposal That Would Bring Together, Not Just The Insurance Industry But ... The Consumers Themselves..."( Teddy Davis , John Santucci and Gregory Wallace , "Obama Health Plan Could Go In Clinton's Direction," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 6/26/08)

But Earlier That Week, Another Campaign Adviser Said That Obama "Will Return" To Issue Of An Individual Mandate If There Are Americans Left Uninsured:

Obama's Adviser, Dan Tarullo , Said That He "Will Return" To The Issue Of An Individual Mandate If "We Have To Deal With The Problems Of Uncovered People." MSNBC's Contessa Brewer : "So Clinton criticized Obama during the primary race because his plan does not make health care universal. Does his plan ensure that every American has coverage?" Dan Tarullo : "Well, it is a universal plan. It doesn't mandate that everyone get health care coverage, but it makes sure that every American can get health care coverage and I think Senator Obama's approach has been look, we have a big problem of 47 million Americans who are uninsured, many others who have insurance are struggling with the cost of the health care. So what he wants to do is make sure there's affordable health care available for everyone and he believes t hat in and of itself will lead to a great expansion in coverage. If we have to deal with the problems of uncovered people later, well of course, he will return to that issue." (MSNBC's "MSNBC Live," 6/24/08)

FLASHBACK: In The Democrat Primary, Obama Argued With Sen. Clinton Over Individual Mandates:

Obama Argued With Sen. Clinton Saying There Is "A Different Way" To Achieve Universal Care Rather Than Imposing An Individual Mandate. Obama: "We've got a philosophical difference which we've debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it, an d my belief is the reason that people don't have it is not because they don't want it, but because they can't afford it. ... Now, there are legitimate arguments for why Senator Clinton and others have called for a mandate, and I'm happy to have that debate. But the notion that I am leaving 15 -- 15 million people out somehow implies that we are different in our goals of providing coverage to all Americans, and that is simply not true. We think that there's going to be a different way of getting there." ( Barack Obama , CNN/Univision Democrat Presidential Debate, Austin, TX , 2/21/08)

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Last Week, The AFL-CIO Endorsed Obama And Began Spending Millions Of Dollars In Support Of His Campaign:

The AFL-CIO And Its 56 Unions Endorsed Obama. "With just a few days left before June ends, there's a clear frontrunner for the month's least surprising political development -- the endorsement Barack Obama received today from the AFL-CIO. The massive conglomeration of 56 national and international unions -- comprising about 10.5 million workers -- steered clear of making a pick during the primary season because there was no consensus choice among the group's various affiliates." ( Don Frederick , " Barack Obama's AFL-CIO Nod Gives Him One More Potent Weapon," Los Angeles Times' "Top Of The Ticket" Blog, HYPERLINK "http://latimesblog s.latimes.com/washington/2008/06/barack-obamas-1.html_html_" Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., 6/26/08)

The AFL-CIO And Its Member Unions Plan To Spend Over $200 Million In Support Of Obama's Campaign. "The AFL-CIO's endorsement will enable the federation to begin spending the $53.4 million it has budgeted for the election on voter-mobilization efforts for Sen. Obama, targeting union members through phone calls, mailings and visits to workplaces and homes. The federation's member unions plan to spend an additional $150 million through the fall on their own efforts." ( Kris Maher , "AFL-CIO To Endorse Obama, Start Spending," The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/08)

But Obama Has A History Of Criticizing Independent Expenditures, Including Last Week When He Broke His Promise On Public Financing: