Sunday, September 6, 2009

Obama is learning the lessons of Clinton's ill-fated 1994 health care reform attempts

The New York Times has an excellent article on how Obama has learnt the main lessons of Bill Clinton's ill-fated early 1994 health care reform attempts, taking on board advice from key Clinton aides. In some cases, it notes, Obama has "over-learnt" the lessons. The main learnings are:

-Failure Is Not an Option.
-Know your audience -- insured taxpayers.
-Move before the honeymoon ends.
-Leave the details to Congress.
-Co-opt the opposition.
-Take what you can get.

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