Is President Obama Finally Taking Off the Gloves?
by Debra Kozikowski
to take one’s gloves offFig. to stop being calm or civil and show an intention of winning a dispute.
After months of letting lawmakers, loudmouths and media consultants, most of whom sure seem bought and paid for by the insurance industry, dictate the national debate on health insurance reform, President Barack Obama finally appears ready to put up his dukes. The president is set to address a joint session of Congress next Wednesday — and a national television audience — to make the case for changing America’s health insurance system.
Never mind the weak mantra, “It’s time.” This week proponents of reform are sighing, “It’s about time.”
The New York Times reports:
The administration also is trying to compile a simplified and lower-cost blueprint for legislation that would plainly put Mr. Obama’s stamp on the issue, and more clearly identify it with him. The effort amounts to an acknowledgment that the president’s previous tactics of laying out principles and leaving Congress to fill in the details were no longer working.