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article imageObama considering new strategy to address health care reform

By Michael Krebs     Sep 2, 2009 in Politics
Conceding a difficult August for President Obama, White House aides admit that the administration may be changing direction on the public option. A new strategy will allow Obama to make a major speech sometime next week.
President Obama and Democratic legislators experienced a difficult August recess, as town hall presentations were met with stiff resistance from constituents opposed to a government-sponsored health care overhaul. White House aides are now admitting that Obama is seeking a compromise on the health care bill and may abandon the public option entirely.
Obama will be making a major speech as soon as next week, and the role of the public option inclusion may be discussed.
“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,” an aide told Politico. “There are lots of different ways to get there.”
The purpose of that speech will be to lay out a blueprint of what the president would like to see in health care legislation. Obama may also put his plans in writing.
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