Several months ago, I ran into a top Treasury Department official at the White House. He was there for a health care reform forum. In the middle of toiling 24/7 on the stimulus package and the assorted bailouts, he said, it was a relief to take a few hours off from rescuing the economy to tend to the troubled health care system. Who would have guessed, he remarked, that health care would be the easy stuff?
That was then. And as President Barack Obama and the First Family headed off to a soggy Martha’s Vineyard this weekend, I recalled my encounter with this senior administration aide and thought, if Obama considered this summer tough, just wait for the fall.