Obama: Won't Push for Public Option

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President Barack Obama may drop the public option from the health care bill.

While liberal members of Congress continue to push for the public option, Obama himself will not insist on it.

But his stand on the public option could mean a battle with members of his own party.

Obama's team is working on a new strategy for a compromise on the bill, with the president planning to become more aggressive in his efforts to get some type of plan passed.
The White House says he is considering a speech that would spell out the details of his goals -- and pre-empt Senate negotiations.

The Senate is currently working to draft a bipartisan bill by Sept. 15, the White House-imposed deadline.

We're entering a new season. Obviously it is a different phase. The president is going to be very active," senior advisor David Axelrod told Politico.com.

The new initiative comes as a pair of Republican senators are calling on the president to "start over" with the healthcare reform.  Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., held a town hall meeting in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday. 

"They want to restructure healthcare in America completely," McCain said. "That is a fundamental philosophical difference which makes it very difficult for us to agree with one another."

"Let me suggest that the way forward ought to be to start over," McConnell said.
Congress will pick up the health care debate when it is back in session after the Labor Day weekend.

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