The one thought comes from my misreading of a headline. AOL ran the headline Some doctors boo while Obama is speaking at the AMA, which I misread as Some doctors BLOG while Obama is speaking at the AMA, which led me to wonder, Where the hell did Mike Matthews find a white lab coat?
Later, when I read the article, I had this serious thought. Despite his rhetoric at the AMA, if it becomes necessary to get physicians onboard with a strong public option (the ultimate administration objective), will the President do an about-face on opposing medical malpractice caps? He's already backed off the no taxing existing health care benefits position from last fall, why not this one?
I think of this in the context of Obama as pragmatic politician, who would slip that in to give a couple of moderate Republicans like Snowe or Collins the cover they needed to support the end product.
My major point: don't underestimate this man's political will. Everything is negotiable to him to get to the bottom line.
Some of you will think that is a good thing; others will be appalled.