The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers.
Mr Obama’s threat came as the year-long debate over his signature domestic policy entered its final week.
Mr Obama is personally telephoning congressmen who are still on the fence this week, in between several personal appearances devoted toward swinging public opinion.
I can’t say if Charlie Rangel (yet) is a psychopath (see discussion), but he may belong in a jail cell for his failure to pay taxes. He recently stepped down from his chairmanship of the Way and Means Committee (you know, the chief tax-writing committee of the House of Representatives).
Oh, the irony. Thanks Jon Stewart for making government corruption funny.