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It's kind of a neat arrangement since he gets all the credit for a policy with none of the criticism that might come if we knew how it was going to be implemented.

A good strategy on the left would be to flood these sort of announcements with all sorts of expectations and then put the pressure on to make it so. It would work very well with health care reform - we should be using this time to be sure that a) a public health insurance plan option is part of any reform and b) it's strong and independent. DFA is doing that now, god bless them. HCAN (I'm an HCAN organizer) is also making that push. (god bless us)

The worst thing we can do is sit around expecting Obama to do the right thing.

Hmm. That's not bad. Assume he means what we want him to mean and act accordingly, giving him plenty of props for actions he hasn't taken yet, thereby backing him into the proverbial corner as it were.

I like it.

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