FROM Robert Book
President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan Last year, the President called on Congress to come up with the details of healthcare reform. Instead of debate on reduced costs and expanded coverage, attention focused on special-interest deal-making on Capitol Hill. Today, the White House website unveiled 11 pages called The President's Proposal , designed as the framework for Thursday's televised, bipartisan healthcare summit .
President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan Last year, the President called on Congress to come up with the details of healthcare reform. Instead of debate on reduced costs and expanded coverage, attention focused on special-interest deal-making on Capitol Hill. Today, despite public anxiety in an election year, President Obama is making a final push for comprehensive healthcare reform. The 11-page proposal unveiled by the White House rejects Republican calls to go back to the drawing board and builds on the Senate Democrats' plan: major new coverage for the uninsured, but no public option; new subsidies, taxes and regulations but no special deals for Nebraska. In advance of Thursday's bipartisan summit , to be televised live on C-Span, is it a script for serious talking points or another scene of political theater?
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