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Archive: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Stick With Pragmatism

As the political stakes intensify President Obama needs to stick with pragmatic, compromise-friendly approach, not retreat from it.

By Bill Shore | July 31, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Back to the Campaign Trail

To both pass hallmark legislation, and educate our citizenry, I recommend the president launches full-blown national campaign focused on the mandate and benefits of health care reforming and downplaying attacks on the opposition.

By Gail S. Williams | July 30, 2009; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Message Is Missing

This president, with his enormous rhetorical gifts, has not found his voice on this central issue. It is that lack of message and lack of voice that has prevented him from marshaling his supporters and carrying the day.

By Alan M. Webber | July 29, 2009; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (157)

The Bill Is Not the Goal

Passing a bill is only a step. Substantive health reform is the goal.

By Robert Goodwin | July 29, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obsessive Communication

Just as FDR spent more than a year winning bipartisan support for his Social Security Act, so Obama must keep communicating the importance of his health care plan.

By Warren Bennis | July 29, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Counter Crass Partisans

The president needs to aggressively counter the self-serving arguments of crass partisans and special interests, working actively with those in Congress, including fiscal conservatives, who are willing to roll up their sleeves to produce a meaningful plan.

By Patricia McGinnis | July 28, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Explain the Economics

Obama has allowed his opponents to frame the debate with stories about long waits for care and terms such as "socialized medicine." To gain the upper hand, the president must spell out a positive, big-picture vision that shows how reform would benefit society as a whole.

By Yash Gupta | July 28, 2009; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

A New Harry and Louise

The White House's approach is missing those compelling stories that will help people understand, believe and remember the message: that reform is about helping the un- and under-insured.

By Ed Ruggero | July 28, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Set Smaller Goals

Obama should consider that he might be wrong in pushing a major initiative. During a recession a more modest set of goals may be more appropriate,

By Slade Gorton | July 28, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Take Cue from Clinics

There are health care centers in America that truly are the best in the world in terms of both quality and cost--Obama should examine how they work when trying to develop a fair, efficient health care system.

By Michael Maccoby | July 28, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Wrong Pace

If Obama moves too fast on an issue like health care, constituencies will feel railroaded and dig in their heels. If he moves too slowly, he will miss an opportunity to transform the nation on a very important issue.

By Barry Salzberg | July 28, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

We Need More Details

Obama needs to "recalibrate" his message to explain in detail the shared sacrifice needed to achieve the benefits he outlines for health care reform.

By Kurt Schmoke | July 28, 2009; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

One Step at a Time

President Obama needs to pull back and refocus health care reform on the fundamental issue of rising health care costs, instead of forcing costly and unwieldy health care reform through the Congress.

By Bill George | July 27, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Don't Want Reform

It will soon be time for the president to acknowledge that despite heroic efforts by Senator Baucus in the Senate, and others in the House, that most Republicans' and some Democrats do not want real reform.

By Andy Stern | July 27, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losing Control of the Debate

By ceding the terms of the discussion to the opponents, the Obama administration risks losing not only this battle, but a broader war about what criteria the U.S. should employ in making decisions about human well-being.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | July 27, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (19)

 
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