Conyers: “I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House”

Via The Hill, John Conyers hammers Obama’s weak stance in the healthcare battle in a radio interview:

“I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House,” Conyers said on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “He only won by five votes in the House, and this bill wasn’t even anything to write home about.”

“The only way he could have got it through was that progressives held their nose,” Conyers added.

The veteran Michigan Democrat had teamed with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to push single-payer options in the health reform bill, a battle which Conyers said was far from over.

And on Rahm Emmanuel? Via the NY Times:

“That’s essentially what Rahm Emmanuel has said,” Mr. Conyers agreed, adding that he was tired of his approach of “give us anything and we will declare victory.”

Of health-care legislation, Mr. Conyers concluded: “This is all my buddy Rahm Emanuel trying to get anything. But look the bill doesn’t go into effect for three years. Many of the people that we are trying to help will be dead by then.”