Obama to Lay Out His Terms on Health Care Reform–Public Option Not Among Them

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President Barack Obama plans to tell the country, in more precise terms, what it is he wants to see in a health care reform bill. According to White House adviser David Axelrod, Obama will not put anything new on the table, but will be more specific about his key goals.

That means that Obama will, again, not be insisting on a public option–a development (or a non-development) that’s sure to give his progressive base some heartburn.

According to the Associated Press, Obama may give a speech in the next week or two as part of an effort to regain control of the health care reform debate, after losing it during a month of grueling politics.

The development comes as Obama is faced with falling poll numbers and news reports indicating that, after a month of town halls and “death panel” misinformation, a great majority of Americans are confused about what his reform plan would actually do.

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