Time for Obama to Step In?

The hard choices have arrived for health care. Is it time for the President's prescription?

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama remarks on the state of the health care system.

From the outset, President Barack Obama's strategy on health-care reform has been to study everything the Clinton Administration did in 1993 and '94 — and do the opposite. Where Bill and Hillary Clinton delivered a byzantine bill of more than 1,300 pages to Capitol Hill, only to see it shredded once it got there, Obama has kept his distance from the fine print. He set forth a few ambitious goals: expanding coverage, reining in health-care spending, improving medical quality. And then he left it to Congress to develop a plan that could win the votes necessary to pass.

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