President Obama and a key Senate Democrat have resurrected an old idea to regain their footing on healthcare reform.Howie P.S.: The President's reaction: "Obama praises drug deal, declares 'turning point'."
After a week of major setbacks, Democrats on Saturday sought to change the narrative by touting a deal they struck with the pharmaceutical industry.
From a public relations perspective, it worked.
The Associated Press ran an article that stated, “The deal marked a major triumph for [Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max] Baucus [D-Mont.] as well as the administration. Obama praised the deal.”
For the pharmaceutical industry – which worked closely with the GOP-led Congress and the previous administration – it was an olive branch showing that it is committed to working with Democrats.
House Democrats were apparently not involved in these discussions.