At a fundraiser in Denver last night, Sen. Barack Obama signaled that he would use the grace period of his first 100 days in office to push through national health insurance plan.
This a big development in two ways
1. Many Democrats (myself included) have been reluctant to throw our support behind Obama because we have perceived (rightfully I believe) that Hillary Clinton offers the better national health insurance plan. This is a clear signal to those who place a high priority on health insurance that Obama sees health care as the top domestic priority as well.
2. It signals the beginning of the campaign's pivot away from the primary and the politics of change and a new focus on substantive policy issues.
I think it also says something about the importance of the Mountain West that Obama would make such a statement here in Denver.