Be sure to read this update from Jonathan Cohn at TNR. He explains how the White House has thrown down a fairly concrete marker on cost-cutting by privately supporting a proposal by Sen. Jay Rockefeller to put more teeth into the government's Medicare cost containment mechanism. As Cohn notes, hospitals and doctors and care providers are going to fight this provision tooth and emanel.
"My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown. That kind of worked out."