Wheels Coming Off the Obama Agenda
by Donald Lambro at Townhall.com
WASHINGTON — The gutsy admonition that “failure is not an option” has turned into the “failed public option” in President Obama’s trouble-plagued, government-run health care plan.
The idea of the federal government operating another health-insurance business to compete with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and hundreds of other private plans has crashed and burned — the victim of a massive grassroots protest movement and deepening fears and divisions among Democratic lawmakers.
The White House gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the go-ahead Sunday to suggest that the administration was not necessarily wedded to a government health-insurance plan for millions of uninsured Americans. But in a bit of good-cop/bad-cop playacting, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs insisted Monday that the president was still behind a government plan and that the news media had misinterpreted her remarks. Other West Wing officials said his positions had not changed, though they left him some wiggle room.
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