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The Two Barack Obamas

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By Ben Cohen

Paul Krugman looks at the two Barack Obama's - the reformer, and the appeaser:

First, Mr. Obama offered a crystal-clear explanation of the case for
health care reform, and especially of the case for a public option
competing with private insurers. “If private insurers say that the
marketplace provides the best quality health care, if they tell us that
they’re offering a good deal,” he asked, “then why is it that the
government, which they say can’t run anything, suddenly is going to
drive them out of business? That’s not logical.”But when asked
whether the public option was non-negotiable he waffled, declaring that
there are no “lines in the sand.” That evening, Rahm Emanuel met with
Democratic senators and told them — well, it’s not clear what he said.
Initial reports had him declaring willingness to abandon the public
option, but Senator Kent Conrad’s staff later denied that. Still, the
impression everyone got was of a White House all too eager to make