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There's been a lot of concern over the quiet role that the Obama administration appears to be playing in the health-care reform debate. Plenty of people want the White House to stand up, step forward, and begin cracking heads around Congress. But the key question with that approach is whether it's something the White House doesn't want to do, or something the White House doesn't want to do yet. Put another way, is the White House waiting for conference committee? Today's New York Times profile of Henry Waxman suggests that he, at least, thinks that's their strategy:

Even within each chamber, compromises seem slow in coming. Restless allies want Mr. Obama to stop “subcontracting” his goals to Congressional negotiators and exert more hands-on leadership — a complaint Mr. Waxman dismisses as premature.

“He could send us a bill and say, ‘Pass it,’ and the people would say, ‘How could he send us a bill and tell us to pass it?’ ” Mr. Waxman said. He pointed instead toward the legislative end game this fall as the moment for Mr. Obama’s intervention, adding, “When we get down to the conference and working out the final bill, the administration will be very much a part of that discussion.”

For more on conference committee and the White House's potential role in it, see this post.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 13, 2009; 6:23 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The track cycling equivalent:
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Posted by: chrismealy | July 13, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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