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Health Care: The Obama Plan

Editor’s note: There is news out of the White House on putting out the OBAMA PLAN for health care reform. 

When the Obama advisors say ‘history will judge whether this was right or wrong’ – they mentions the notion of allowing Congress to consider the whole range of ideas – but I fear it is more than that. That the whole idea of health care reform – they will let history judge, rather than testing and piloting a range of ideas and reforms to understand the consequences and implications.

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TOP STORY: The White House will be putting out an OBAMA PLAN on health care in the next two weeks, and is considering using an Oval Office address or address to a joint session of Congress for the rollout. Congress is back Tuesday the 8th (day after Labor Day), and the Senate Finance Committee was supposed to have until the following Tuesday, the 15th, to work out a bipartisan deal. But with leaders giving that only a 5 percent chance of panning out, Obama may not wait. “I’m not going to put a date on any of this,” senior adviser David Axelrod told us in a phone interview. “But I think it’s fairly obvious that we’re not in the second inning. We’re not in the fourth inning. We’re in the eighth or ninth inning here, and so there’s not a lot of time to waste.”

THE PRESIDENT’S PRESCRIPTION IS UNLIKELY TO INCLUDE A PUBLIC OPTION. “We have been saying all along that the most important part of this debate is not the public option, but rather ensuring choice and competition,” one aide said. “There are lots of different ways to get there.”

DAVID AXELROD’s THEORY OF THE CASE: “We’re entering a new season. It’s time to synthesize and harmonize these strands and get this done. We’re confident that we can do that. But obviously it is a different phase. We’re going to approach it in a different way. The president is going to be very active. …

“I understand the governing wisdom here in town as to where this is right now. I feel good about where it is right now. I understand that there’s been a lot of controversy. I understand that there’s been a lot of politics. But the truth is, we’re a lot closer to achieving something than many thought possible. People look to the president for leadership on this and other issues. He feels passionately about this, and you can look for him to provide that leadership. …

“History will judge whether this was right or it was wrong to allow Congress to consider the whole range of ideas. We feel strongly that it was right. As a result of it, we have broad consensus on over 80 percent of this stuff, and a lot of good ideas about how to achieve the other 20. Now, people are looking to the president and the president is eager to help lead that process of harmonizing these different elements and completing this process so that we can solve what is a big problem in the lives of the American people, for our businesses and our economy. …

“In Washington, every day is Election Day. I’d be lying to you if I told you I don’t look at polls — I do. But I’ve also learned that you have to keep your eye on the horizon here and not get bogged down. I am not Polyannish, but I am also not given to the hysteria that’s endemic to this town.”

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September 2, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , ,

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