James Pethokoukis

Politics and policy from inside Washington

What can Obama really get done this year?

June 18, 2009

The always insightful Dan Clifton of Strategas Research gives his three cents:

1) $700 to $800 BN Healthcare Reform passes later this year with a major focus on Medicaid expansion and some cuts to providers;

2) Cap and trade dies of a slow death in the Senate and later replaced with a more moderate energy bill including a renewable portfolio standard and some transmission improvements;

3) A watered down financial regulation bill. However, if additional financial problems develop later this year, financial regulation could become more aggressive rather than less aggressive.

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