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Obama's hands-off strategy vindicated?

Some administration officials are saying that the progress on health care reform legislation, and the increasing likelihood that it will become law, vindicates President Obama's largely hands-off strategy to reform. Rather than come out with his own reform plan, as President Clinton did, Obama set broad principles and let Congress develop the details. The approach had its risks, especially as the debate about a public insurance option threatened to derail the entire effort (and still could). And many lawmakers complained that Obama needed to be clearer about what he would and wouldn't sign into law. But by keeping some distance, Obama has forced lawmakers to take ownership of the legislation and work through their differences.

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