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Al Franken Slams WH Lack of Leadership on Health Care

11:06 AM, Feb 5, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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I don't know what Al's complaining about. Bill Burton assured Democrats just this week that the White House "has no specific deadline" and has "made his principles clear."

Nonetheless, Sen. Al Franken is complaining about Obama's leadership:

Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration’s failure to provide clarity or direction on health care and the other big bills it wants Congress to enact...

“There was a lot of frustration in there,” said a Democratic senator who declined to be identified.

“People were hot,” another Democratic senator said.

Democratic senators are frustrated that the White House hasn’t done more to win over the public on health care reform and other aspects of its ambitious agenda — and angry that, in the wake of Scott Brown’s win in the Massachusetts Senate race, the White House hasn’t done more to chart a course for getting a health care bill to the president’s desk.

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