On a journey from Plymouth Rock to the Grand Canyon, we find an America that is neither as divided as talk-show histrionics would suggest, nor as sullen as a flagging economy says we should be. We find a country that is struggling, yes, but is also pragmatic and still harbors a little idealism.
He has not insisted that an overhaul include a public insurance option... or else. But on Tuesday he reiterated his preference for that approach.
Even Democratic senators are still far apart on what a 'public option' would look like.
Dire pronouncements aside, the process is just getting started, with legislation at a formative stage and Obama yet to offer his plan.
Price will be a major factor in winning bipartisan support, and the public insurance option could be a sticking point too.
Obama's plan could result in higher costs for insurers, employers, and those with private coverage.
Many doctors want to see caps on medical malpractice awards – something the president did not endorse in his healthcare speech on Monday.