Critical Condition

Obama in Charge

There are a host of stories on the wire today about the president rebooting or getting more involved in health care, possibly via a major address on the subject. On balance, this is probably a good thing. If he wants to sell something to the American people, he needs to be the one doing it, and he can’t hide behind Congress or the complex legislative process. From the liberals’ perspective, they will have their standard bearer out there carrying the flag. From the conservatives’ perspective, they will have a clear target at which to aim. And presidential involvement won’t change the fact that the bills produced thus far do not meet the president’s stated goals of reducing costs and providing access for all, and they don’t fix the underlying problems of our health-care system. Let the battle be joined.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.