From our policy news: Even as he campaigned on a platform of change and transparency, an examination of Barack Obama's comments during the election-and his actions since taking office-indicates that on both politics and policy, the President has changed his tune on numerous issues of relevance to the proposed government takeover of health care, which may lead many to wonder where exactly he stands. Here is one example:
Then: "Senator McCain wants to pay for his plan by taxing your health care benefits for the first time in history."
- Barack Obama, speech in Roanoke, Virginia, October 17, 2008
Now: "This reform will charge insurance plans a fee for their most expensive policies..."
- Barack Obama, address to a joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009