"He called the Murray-Alexander deal a very good solution," said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. "Now this morning, he says he can't support it."
"He keeps zigging and zagging," Schumer complained in a frustrated, and almost exasperated tone on the floor of the Senate, as he urged the President to be consistent when it comes to legislation in Congress.
"Our only hope is, maybe tomorrow, he'll be for this again," Schumer added.
As the President pinballed back and forth on the Senate CSR payments deal, it wasn't clear what the Congress might do on the matter, as conservative groups urged GOP leaders not to accept the plan, saying it only tweaks the Obama health law, and not in a good way.
"This is a bailout for health insurance companies," the group Freedom Works said in a morning news release.
Health insurance experts were still debating the Senate plan, unsure of all of its impacts, especially since there was no final bill draft at this point - and no plan for any vote on it, either, as key Republican leaders indicated their opposition.
Democrats could still offer the plan as an amendment to another bill - maybe a hurricane relief supplemental spending bill; but there was no guarantee it would be approved by the Congress.
If that's the case - and the CSR payments are not made - it could result in Uncle Sam spending more money, as other subsidy payments would kick in, raising the cost of the Obama health law, but not necessarily endangering coverage for those already signed up.