President Obama is still hammering out the health care speech he plans to deliver to Congress on Wednesday, but top aides tell Politico that the president will:
- Describe his own proposal, defining what he thinks is still debatable and what's essential for health care reform.
- Avoid criticizing the left. “This is a case for bold action, not a stick in the eye to our supporters,” says an official helping with the speech.
- Reach out to conservatives. Obama will take "the best ideas from both parties" and "make the case for why as a nation we must act now," the official adds.
- Remind Democrats that some reform is better than none. "Failing to act could be devastating,” says White House official Dan Pfeiffer.
- Commit to a public option. Liberal lawmakers demand this provision, and conservatives hate it. Obama will have to walk a fine line.