Publicly the White House has been downplaying the importance of the public government-run insurance option arguing it is not the “entirety” of health care reform. However, new revelations now show President Obama is strongly pushing for inclusion of the government-option into any form of health care legislation passed by congress.
Report from the Chicago Tribune:
WASHINGTON – — Despite months of seeming ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched an intensifying behind-the-scenes campaign to get divided Senate Democrats to take up some version of the idea in the weeks just ahead.
President Barack Obama has long advocated a so-called public option, while at the same time repeatedly expressing openness to other ways to offer consumers a potentially more affordable alternative to health plans sold by private insurers.
But now, senior administration officials are holding private meetings almost daily at the Capitol with senior Democratic staff to discuss ways to include a version of the public plan in the health care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring to the Senate floor later this month, according to senior Democratic congressional aides.
Among those regularly in the meetings are Obama’s top health care adviser, Nancy-Ann DeParle, aides to Reid, and Senate finance and health committee staff, both of which developed health care bills.
At the same time, Obama has been reaching out personally to rank-and-file Senate Democrats, telephoning more than a dozen lawmakers in the last week to press the case for action.
Administration officials are also distributing talking points and employing other campaign-style devices to rally support for passing a bill this fall.
It appears to me, at least, that the White House is gearing up for a no-holds-barred battle to get a public option health care bill on the floor and get it passed this fall. The downplaying of government insurance has been a smokescreen the administration has been deploying to try and soften critics.
No issue has proved more divisive than the proposal to create a new national insurance plan operated by the federal government and offered to some consumers as an alternative to private insurance.
Though favored by liberals as the best protection for consumers from high premiums charged by commercial insurers, a government plan is still viewed warily by many conservative Democrats and nearly all Republicans.
Just recently, two proposals to create a national government plan were defeated in the Finance Committee when Republicans and conservative Democrats voted against them.
That right there is the part the media is purposely ignoring. Obamacare is not only being scoffed at by Republicans, it is members of President Obama’s own party who have derailed the efforts and helped kill parts of this legislation in committee. The conservative Democrats are not stupid enough to go along with the insanity of a new corrupt government bureaucracy being pushed by President Obama.
The only people pushing a government-run insurance plan are liberal Democrats along with the President. Luckily out-and-out liberals do not hold the majority in congress.
The American people must continue to fight President Obama’s government health care with as much force and revolve as we witnessed in July, August and September of this year.