The Health Care Thing

I’m seeing some controversy among folks I respect about the fact that the health care section of the speech didn’t get hyper-specific. Didn’t talk about the details of which houses of congress need to do what.

I think he made the right call. The speech is a speech to the American people, especially to people who follow politics pretty casually, and regular people don’t want to hear about congressional process. The reality is that this is going to have to be worked out behind the scenes, behind the dread closed doors. But one of the main points of the speech was to get the focus on Obama and Obama’s themes and off closed door dealmaking. So he emphasized the need for action and correctly situated the call for health reform in a broader context of economics reform.