Change or Bust: In Prime Time, Obama Makes Things Stark

Near the top of his latest primetime news conference, President Obama acknowledged that “Congress is still working through a few key issues” as it seeks to produce a unified health care plan. That meant that there wasn’t any specific proposal for Obama to point to and rally support for. We still don’t know how whatever plan emerges will fund expanded access and we still don’t know whether it will include a public option—and Obama shed little light on either issue on Wednesday night. But that doesn’t matter. He called the press conference with a simpler objective in mind: to reframe the health care debate for average Americans in broad, understandable terms.