Why Obama Doesn't Sweat Health Care Reform

Jul 18, 2009 | Updated May 25, 2011

What is the president's health care plan? There's got to be one. This administration is about the execution of disciplined strategies. Sure, Monday's speech in favor of more health care for more people was, according to the Financial Times, "impassioned."

But who could be opposed? Yes, yes, the AMA, and sour doctors, and Republicans of all sorts are opposed to something, but not to being impassioned about wanting health care reform. Everybody wants health care reform.

On a pure policy basis, the president surely wants quite a drastically different sort of reform than the AMA, sour doctors, and Republicans. His speech was meant to draw the line between his real reform and all other fake reforms. And it drew it -- a bit.

But even as he drew the line between entirely private reform plans, and his own preference for substantial government involvement in providing health insurance coverage, it was still pretty hard to find much that even any hard heart could disagree with. "What I refuse to do is simply create a health care system where insurance companies have more customers on Uncle Sam's dime but still fail to meet their responsibilities." Hmmm. Okay. Anybody wanna fight with that?

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