Obama is stuck in the middle in more ways than one.
Neither Clinton nor Edwards is buying his claim that his health care plan is superior to their proposals for universal coverage. Edwards compares Obama’s attitude toward health care to George W. Bush’s attitude toward Social Security—i.e. they have the choice to buy in or not to. Hillary claims his views toward health care have “evolved.”
Obama argues that his plan prioritizes affordability over universality. He’d rather lower the cost of health care than force a family who can’t afford it to buy it. And responding to Hillary’s accusation, he says, “What’s ‘evolved’ is your presentation of my positions—which has happened frequently over the course of this campaign.”
Seriously, this debate is phenomenal. It has both policy minutae and petty name-calling!