What Obama's Putting in His Health Care Speech

President will carefully commit to public option
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2009 7:54 PM CDT
President Obama delivers a speech during a graduation at the New Economic School, in Moscow, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – 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.