Yet another example of the Obama administration's inability to react effectively to changes in the political climate, the President flipped and then flipped again on the public option in the health care bill. The inability to stay on message has to be a major concern for people wanting this administration's policies to be enacted. I do find it funny that this Administration thinks that by just repeating that they never wavered that we will forget that they wavered.....didn't I see Obi Wan Kanobi do that to a storm trooper..... I don't think the force is with the President on this one. From the NYPost:
The White House fell into full retreat yesterday from its earlier surrender of Democratic plans for a massive new government-run insurance agency as part of its health-care reform bid. .....The Obama administration now says it remains fully behind the idea of a "public option" for government-run insurance, despite clear signals over the weekend from top officials that the public option is not a deal-breaker and is just a "sliver" of the overall reforms it seeks. ...
"The administration's position is unchanged," ...."The president prefers the public option as a way of doing that," he said. "If others have ideas, we're open to those ideas and willing to listen to those details. That's what the president has said for months." ...The public-health option would be a federally run health-insurance program, similar to Medicare or Medicaid, that would provide insurance to millions of low-income and uninsured Americans. Supporters believe it would compete with private insurers, forcing them to lower prices. ...Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who started the whole controversy when she seemed to ditch the public option during an interview Sunday, also insisted yesterday that there has been no change whatsoever in the administration's policy on the public insurance program. ..."All I can tell you is that Sunday must have been a very slow news day, because here's the bottom line: Absolutely nothing has changed," she said in a speech about Medicare.
Read Here: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08192009/news/nationalnews/public_humiliation_185275.htm