Will Obama Roll Out New Health Care Strategy with Labor Officials Who Insist on Public Option

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September 2, 2009 11:10 a.m.
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As Josh notes here, President Obama will reportedly roll out his new health care reform strategy at the AFL-CIO’s annual Labor Day picnic.

At that event will Richard Trumka, who’s expected to be named AFL-CIO’s new president and who’s really gone out on a limb, insisting that AFL-CIO will not support congressional candidates who work against the public option and will oppose a health care bill that does not include one.

Today, Trumka says he’s received no assurances from the White House that Obama will stand with him.

And, indeed, it seems very much like Obama will not be going all in for a public option. We’ll see what happens…but that could be a teeny bit awkward.

Late update: An AFL-CIO source tells me that they’ve received no word from the White House one way or another on whether Obama will address health care reform or not. So it seems at least possible that he’ll eschew all talk of health care until he address a joint session of Congress on the issue on September 9.

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