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Saturday, 6 February 2010

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"I think it's very important for us to have a methodical, open process over the next several weeks, and then let's go ahead and make a decision," Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

The President says he will be as open as he was with health care on Job creation. Although he says he reserves the right to closed door meetings when job creation become national security issues

"And it may come to be that ... if Congress decides we're not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not," the president said. "And that's how democracy works. There will be elections coming up, and they'll be able to make a determination and register their concerns."

It appeared to be a shift in tone for the issue the "Yes we can" candidate campaigned on and made the centerpiece of his domestic agenda last year.

In a speech to a joint session of Congress in September, Obama declared: "I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. Even if it means secret closed door meetings to get the job done.

"The American people gave me the power. Now I will use it to the benefit of my agenda. I have another 3 years before the next election and I intend on going down in history or flames. Either way People will remember what I have done to them. "

Sweeping health legislation to extend medical coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans passed the House and Senate last year and was on the verge of completion -- though there were still disagreements between the two houses -- before Brown's upset victory last month in a special election in Massachusetts.

Since then it has been in limbo, and Obama has not publicly offered specifics to help lawmakers move forward. Congressional aides felt his remarks Thursday did not clarify matters so they intend on ramming it though on a vote of "no matter what it takes we will prevail on all the issues. We have the power".

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