Larry Mantle |

What Will He Say?




That's the question many of us who are riveted on the healthcare reform debate are asking. President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress and interested Americans Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. (PT). On our next "AirTalk," we'll preview the President's speech, but probably without the benefit of an advanced copy of his text.

Should the President lay out a detailed plan to try to extend health insurance, tighten regulation on insurers, and reduce the costs of care? Or would it be better for him to just highlight what are his non-negoiatable reforms and leave the rest to Congress? The President favors a public option, but should he demand that it be part of the plan that passes Congress?

As always, we want to hear your perspectives. Obama has had a tough go at bipartisanship, though Republicans claim he hasn't been bipartisan enough. Perhaps he'll make clear in his speech that Democrats will largely sort this out among themselves and that GOP backing isn't needed. However, if he doesn't get the support of a few moderate Republicans, it might require creative procedural moves to pull it off. That might be unpalatable to the President, as he knows that would lead to a huge GOP backlash. It would, in my opinion, make the current attacks look tepid.