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Predictions for Barack Obama's Health Care Speech

John Knefel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Knefel

Whatever else may be true of the final bill that comes out of the House and the Senate, we can be sure that it will leave progressives disappointed and marginalized -- even moreso than usual.

Advice to President Obama: Look Left, Right and Then Stick to the Center

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

At the outset of his speech to Congress, Mr. Obama might want to turn to the Democratic side of the House and ask his fellow Democrats: "If we can guarantee access to quality health care for almost all Americans, would you really prefer no bill at all because we can't pass a public option this year?"

The Fear Factor

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Mr. Obama has proved that he can be inspiring. But at this point, what he needs to inspire most of all is fear.

Call Health Care What It Is: A Basic Human Right

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

Maximizing the health of our citizens, which includes access to high quality health care, is nothing less than a matter of national security. You never hear the expression "socialized defense."

Grand Illusion No More

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Obama is very much a man of his time: weak or absent convictions, dispassion about even grievous wrongs, incapacity for moral outrage, with a ready assimilation of fads and fashions.

Obama Faces A Critical Moment In His Presidency: New York Times

New York Times | PETER BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama returned to the White House from his summer break on Sunday determined to jump-start his struggling presidency by reasserting command ...

What Obama Will Say In His Health Care Address

Politico | MIKE ALLEN & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama plans to reach out to Republicans and reassure -- rather than confront -- his liberal supporters when he addresses an extraordi...

The Republican Death March on Health Care

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Thanks to the town hall turmoil from bigots, birthers and assorted miscreants, Republicans can savor a sugar-high on health care -- a decadent and ultimately short-lived victory.

What Obama Must Demand from Congress on Health Care

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Addressing Congress is a good idea, but Obama can't rely solely on his exceptional rhetorical skills. He'll need to twist arms, cajole, force recalcitrant members to join him, and threaten retribution if they don't come along.

The Speech and the Fig Leaf

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Big Media frequently (usually?) gets it wrong, but their hyping out about the big gamble Obama is making with this health care speech to Congress is actually correct.

Retreat and Surrender

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Smiley

If Obama had organized his cohorts and gone on the offensive and stayed on the offensive from the beginning in the health care debate, he would be winning this battle, not losing it.

Is It Time for the President to Reject Health Care Reform?

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

A good president will compromise on government options in health care reform. But if you are or want to be a great president, President Obama, you will look at the bastardized bill that will pass and say, "No."

White House Split Over Health Care Reform

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This is health-care reform's endgame, or close to it. Next Wednesday, Barack Obama will give a prime-time address before both houses of Congress. But ...

Pragmatist Hope for Health Care

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

I don't expect Obama will satisfy those who are certain government shouldn't get bigger, or those who have no doubt that only government can address health care. But he will have made progress.

Steele: Americans Shouldn't Be "Guilted" Into Passing Health Care Reform By Kennedy's Death | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said Monday that Americans shouldn't be "guilted" into passing health care reform because of the...

Kristof: Existing Health Care System Kills More Than An Army Of "Death Panels" Would | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Critics fret that health care reform would undermine American family values, not least by convening somber death panels to wheel away Grandma as if sh...

NYT: Dems Need To Push For Majority Vote On Health Care Reform | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The talk in Washington is that Senate Democrats are preparing to push through health care reforms using parliamentary procedures that will allow a sim...

Health Care: 2009's Political Super Bowl

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Democratic quarterback is Obama, whom many say waits too long to throw the ball and is susceptible to being sacked. The Republicans? It's not clear who runs their offense or even if they have one.

A Pollster's Advice: Don't Trust the Polls on Health Reform's Demise

Jeremy Rosner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Rosner

If polls about policy proposals don't accurately predict legislative outcomes, why do so many people focus on them?

Policies of Fear or Ignorance?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

Living wills and health care proxies are very critical documents and every independent citizen, young and old, should have these documents within his or her estate plan.

President Obama: Trust Young Americans to Relay the Healthcare Message!

Stephen Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ratner

If the president is to pass his health care legislation, he must tap into the core base of support the helped him win the 2008 elections -- a core that consists significantly of young Americans.

Losing Progressives Is a Far More Lethal Blow to Obama than GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Progressives' noisy opposition to a health care reform sell-out points to a far bigger threat to Obama than the GOP could ever pose.

I Want You to Sell Your Body!

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We grouse about Congress people prostituting themselves all the time. If we believe in health care, we may have to do the same, as it were.

Shut Up and Listen! And That Means All of Us!

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If we don't create a climate of communication, of listening and translation, there will be no health care reform.

President Obama, Health Care and the Rope Burning Contest

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The idea that the president would have been better off politically during our summer doldrums if he had originally staked out a more detailed bill is pure fantasy.