The dynamic has certainly shifted in President Obama’s health care approach.
Once content to speak broadly on the issue while allowing Congress to fill in the details, a new tack is expected to be taken according to senior advisor David Axelrod, who hinted that a speech may be forthcoming upon the president’s return from Camp David. From CNN:
“We’re entering a new season,” Axelrod said. “It’s time to synthesize and harmonize these strands and get this done.”
Another administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity when discussing strategy, said the new phase was “driven in part by the actions of some in the GOP,” including Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Mike Enzi of Wyoming.
The official added the White House believes those actions indicate that these two key Republicans, who are part of a bipartisan group negotiating a health care bill, “are essentially walking away from the table.”
The official also said that “now is the time to begin to pull together the various strands and solutions from the four bills that have been marked up and other proposals. … Basically all the cards are on the table.”
It’s unclear still what form the president’s speech would take. If he decides to give an address, he could do it from the Oval Office or before a joint session of Congress. But the administration official said no decisions have been made.
What say you? Do you think Obama’s getting specific will help improve the dialogue?