In his meeting with 17 Senate moderates yesterday afternoon, President Obama surprised some of the assembled by having Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag make a presentation making the case that the health care reform plan the president will ultimately sign will be fiscally balanced and won’t increase the deficit.
The president was firm stating his principles for reform, sources said, though he showed flexibility on some specifics.
He made his case for the government-run public option, though he said he’d look at alternate proposals for privately-run co-ops, or for the public plan being enacted only if sufficient cost savings aren’t realized, with a legislative “trigger” mechanism.
The public option, the president said, “is part of health care reform; it is not health care reform.”
One senator said that the president made his case on Wednesday night and is now moving to place where he’s more engaged in trying to achieve the goal.