Jonathan Cohn’s got a great behind-the-scenes look at the battle to get health care in the budget. His conclusion:
Whatever the fate of health care reform, though, the debate does tell us something about the way Obama plans to manage his presidency. Obama has long struck many observers as an extremely cautious politician, and his handling of the banking crisis and the economic stimulus bill has tended to reinforce that perception. The trajectory of the health care debate inside his administration, however, suggests that Obama is not always as cautious as he might seem. He can think big. He can take risks. And he can bring his advisers to him–rather than the other way around.
Photo: White House Photo 1/29/09 by Pete Souza