Congress is not back in town yet, but talks between the House and Senate on health care are already underway.
And the big question is: What role should President Obama play in the final negotiations?
As I told Ed Schultz on MSNBC last night, I think Obama has a big role to play.
First, he has to remember who’s in charge. He is, not Joe Lieberman or Ben Nelson.
Second, he has to remember who got him where he is. Not the insurance companies, but the American people.
Third, he’s got to push for the strongest health care reform bill possible. And there’s only one way to do that.
Take an active, hands-on, leadership role. Invite the conferees to the White House. Lead the negotiations himself. After all, it’s hard to say NO to the President of the United States.
And, finally, as he once promised, invite C-SPAN in to carry the final negotiations live – for all the American people to see.
The fight for a strong health care bill is not over yet…
The fight for a public plan option is not over yet…
But it’s up to Barack Obama whether or not we get there.
That’s my parting shot for today.