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Rockntractor
08-16-2009, 11:27 PM
http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/08/administration_official_sebelius_misspoke.php

An administration official said tonight that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "misspoke" when she told CNN this morning that a government run health insurance option "is not an essential part" of reform. This official asked not to be identified in exchange for providing clarity about the intentions of the President. The official said that the White House did not intend to change its messaging and that Sebelius simply meant to echo the president, who has acknowledged that the public option is a tough sell in the Senate and is, at the same time, a must-pass for House Democrats, and is not, in the president's view, the most important element of the reform package.

A second official, Linda Douglass, director of health reform communications for the administration, said that President Obama believed that a public option was the best way to reduce costs and promote competition among insurance companies, that he had not backed away from that belief, and that he still wanted to see a public option in the final bill.

"Nothing has changed.," she said. "The President has always said that what is essential that health insurance reform lower costs, ensure that there are affordable options for all Americans and increase choice and competition in the health insurance market. He believes that the public option is the best way to achieve these goals."

A third White House official, via e-mail, said that Sebelius didn't misspeak. "The media misplayed it," the third official said.

Appearing on Face the Nation, press secretary Robert Gibbs said that fostering competition and choice were non-negotiable, but the specific mechanism designed to do so was up for discussion. That's been interpreted as a signal that the White House is getting behind the idea of adding publicly owned health cooperatives to the menu of choices that consumers without insurance will recieve. Still, this isn't exactly a walk-back -- the White House, Gibbs included, have mused favorably about the co-ops before.

megimoo
08-17-2009, 12:45 AM
http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/08/administration_official_sebelius_misspoke.php

It sounds like Emanuel is ready to undercut Sebelius .She wouldn't take it upon herself to make a statement like that without some approval .The message has changed and they need a scapegoat and she's it .

The powers that be are going to try threats and intimidating the Blue Dogs Democrats .Much more of this crap and they are going to be shedding Czars damn soon .I Wonder how long Pelosi will be able to control the gaggle of nervous critters in the House ?

FlaGator
08-17-2009, 05:31 AM
As often as one official in the Obama administration has to correct another, one has to wonder if do they really know what they are doing and what is really going on?

lacarnut
08-17-2009, 05:46 AM
As often as one official in the Obama administration has to correct another, one has to wonder if do they really know what they are doing and what is really going on?

The Town Hall Meetings have been devastating to Obama and the Democrats health care plan. This could be diversionary tactic.

AlmostThere
08-17-2009, 06:16 AM
As often as one official in the Obama administration has to correct another, one has to wonder if do they really know what they are doing and what is really going on?
I think they have their act down to an art form. The puppeteers pulling Obama's strings need to have the underlings appear more stupid than our TOTUS in comparison. I was doing some reading this evening and it finally dawned on me to what level a sham this government is. It is nothing but smoke and mirrors.