Health Care

Biden to the Trenches

President Obama is turning to his lieutenants: First lady Michelle Obama discussed health care on Friday, calling her husband's plan "pretty reasonable," and Vice President Joe Biden will give his "first major health policy address" early next week to an insurance industry group. Biden will address senior citizens' concerns about changes to Medicare in a visit to a retirement home the following day. Biden is taking a higher-profile role in health care as the president turns his attention to foreign affairs. The veep may be most effective in pressing for the bill's passage among his former colleagues in the Senate, where he'll influence lawmakers less as a policy wonk and more as a peer.