Healthcare Reform 2.0: Obama Prepares to Re-charge the Debate

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The White House has announced that President Obama will make a major speech to a joint session of Congress next week, the day after lawmakers return from their August recess. Polls show a drop in support for the President's healthcare plan, with Republicans increasingly going on the attack. The speech is a dramatic move which observers say indicates Obama's intention to re-focus the debate. What does Obama need to do to regain control of the debate? Is it time for the President to give up on a bi-partisan approach? Should he listen to liberals and make a public option for healthcare a non-negotiable item? What does he need to do to rally slipping public opinion?




Warren Olney