Monday, August 17, 2009

Who's Running the White House?

Sam Youngman of The Hill reports that the White House has backed off from their original comments that they do not see a governmental public option as an essential part of their health care package.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius created headlines Sunday when Sebelius said the public option was “not essential” to reform, and Gibbs on another show said Obama had never drawn any lines in the sand over the option. “I was on a Sunday show, I said the same thing about a public option that I've said for I don't know how many weeks,” Gibbs said. “[Sebelius] reiterated what the president said the day before, and you'd think there was some new policy."

Gibbs insisted that the media has misread Sunday’s comments, and that the goals the president has set forth continue to be for “choice and competition.” “His preference is a public option,” Gibbs said. “If there are other ideas, he's happy to look at them.”

Amid pressure from Pelosi et al the White House is backpedaling on their previous comment that a governmental health care plan being an option is just that, an option. Well we know now who is in charge in the White House, the puppet master Pelosi.

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