Updated at 10:33 a.m. on Jan. 28.
If Washington is going back to the drawing board on health care reform, what will be the easiest, least costly way to accomplish a more modest expansion of health care coverage to the uninsured? Is a modest Medicaid expansion the answer? Low-income subsidies plus an exchange? Should policymakers be satisfied with expanding coverage to just kids? Should the focus be on early retirees, aged 55-64?
If it had to be something short of universal coverage, what would be the smartest, most cost-effective approach?
SOTU: Economy? Health Care? Both?
President Obama urged members of Congress to finish the job of health care reform in his State of the Union address to Congress on Wednesday. "This is a complex issue, and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became," he said. "... This problem is not going away. I will not walk away from these Americans, and neither should the people in this chamber.... As temperatures cool, I want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed."
Did the president say what he should have? Just how closely are health care and the economy tied? What should happen next?