You did read the summary of the article...
"Obama criticized the Senate for not acting on that legislation, saying they have necessitated a renewal of the Patriot Act provisions."
It is the failure of the gop controlled Senate to pass the new rules form the House that has kept the Patriot Act in place
That's a piss poor scapegoat. "necessitated" my ass.
The provisions in the aforementioned legislation just move the data storage down a level, and still give them unfettered access to the same data (and probably even more data than before), and also push the burden of said collection, storage, API's, security, etc onto the telco's who, while they are quite large, are still companies. That would also further limit the ability for competitors to compete, as it's yet another significant hurdle/requirement that would legally need to be met. And what happens if and when there is a data leak? - it's the telco's fault then, even though they will have been forced into that precarious situation (forced to record said data for extended periods, and to centralize it, and to make it readily accessible).
He's essentially saying he would allow section 215 to be removed from the patriot act only if an equal or worse provision were enacted elsewhere. The worse the senate did here was to force his hand - risk allowing that provision to drop, or actively support it and be force to take a *little* responsibility for its existence.
FWIW, I'm neither red nor blue.