Exploring Healthcare Differences Again
By Alec MacGillis
LOS ANGELES -- It took a while during the back and forth about health care mandates, but Barack Obama stepped back from the policy pros and cons to make the point he occasionally remembers to make on the trail: the differences between the candidates' health care proposals are less important than who would actually be able to get health care reform passed in Washington. In an implicit slap at Clinton, he talked about the need for transparency and carrying out negotiations in full public view, not "behind closed doors."
He did not state this argument as memorably as he did on the trail in Iowa a few months ago: All Democrats, he said, would "set up . . . plans you can buy into it if you're poor, if you can't afford it we're going to subsidize it, we're going to emphasize prevention, blah blah blah."
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January 31, 2008; 8:35 PM ET
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