With the news that they’ve lost serious ground with independent voters, the damage control at the Obama White House is in full swing. And that could mean a distinct shift on health care.

Here’s more from Politico:

Obama is considering detailing his health-care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess. And although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has no plans to insist on it himself, the officials said. […]

On health care, Obama’s willingness to forgo the public option is sure to anger his party’s liberal base. But some administration officials welcome a showdown with liberal lawmakers if they argue they would rather have no health care law than an incremental one. The confrontation would allow Obama to show he is willing to stare down his own party to get things done.

“We have been saying all along that the most important part of this debate is not the public option, but rather ensuring choice and competition,” an aide said. “There are lots of different ways to get there.”

One thing’s for sure…if this speech is as advertised then it will signal a big “No way” to passing health care via reconciliation.

So does this mean he’s going to back the Co-Op idea or something more bold?

More as it develops…

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