For the betting man, here is the lock of the week: Obama, in his Wednesday speech, will outline a plan that does one thing but describe it as something nearly opposite. This is a common political game, so it always is a good bet with any politician, but Obama has sharpened this approach into an art form.
The more interesting bet, which is probably more like 50/50, is whether Obama will
- Offer only incremental changes, to make sure he gets something passed he can call health care reform, but will describe it to the radical end of his base as sweeping change, -OR-
- Offer nearly the exact same core plan that is in the House bill that has so many folks concerned, but via changes in wording and euphemisms describe it to a worried public as something much more moderate.
I am honestly torn as to which it will be. How are y'all betting?