Obama Silent On Public Option In Speech To Senators


By GottaLaff

President Obama met with the Democratic caucus today, and spoke for about a half an hour.

I encourage you to find photos of Traitor Joe and deface them, stat:

Lieberman was beaming as he left the room and happy to re-point it out when HuffPost asked him what Obama had said about the public health insurance option, perhaps the most contentious issue still facing Democrats as they negotiate their way toward a final health care reform bill.

"Well, it was interesting to me -- of course everybody hears with their own ears -- that he didn't say anything about the public option," said Lieberman. "In other words, when he outlined how far we've come on the bill, he talked about the cost-containment provisions; he talked about the insurance market reforms; and he talked about enabling 30 million more people to get insurance. He said these are historic accomplishments, the most significant social legislation, or whatever you call it, in decades, so don't lose it."

Harry Reid says we shouldn't read too much into that. And he's always been right about everything. [sarcasm]

Here's what Tom Harkin said:

"Well, he didn't mention either abortion or the public option [...] He just laid out in very stark terms for us what the future would be if we didn't pass [health care reform]. I think he's right. I think it would be devastating. [...] We want to be more hopeful, we want to give people hope. So I thought his message on that was right on target."

I'm already hearing very negative reaction on the Internets. People are "giving up" on Obama. Maybe this isn't what they wanted to hear, but let's try to be a little more constructive with our feistitude.

Yes, I'd love to see him come out swinging. I am as impatient as the next person, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

  • David G.

    No surprise to me that Obama turned his back on his own desire for the public option. He's succumbing to the pressure of the
    Republicans... Sad to see a very capable man make such a foolish decision. D.

  • GottaLaff

    Per Howard Dean, tweaking won't happen. 2010 elections will take care of that, he says.

    If we don't get a strong bill now, Dems will be labeled as failures, the bill will be ridiculed as same. It has to be done right the first time out, prove to be a "success", and then maybe tweaking would be possible.

    This, according to Dean and others.

  • Anonymous

    What ever reform bill is signed by the POTUS will not take effect till 2013.Time between then and now, maybe, for a Democratic majority to tweak it? No reform bill signed will give the repigs what they need to end that "D" majority. With all respect to jazzguyall if what he writes comes to pass even repig reps will have to respond and rein them in. IMHO.

  • jazzguyal

    I may not want to give up on Obama yet, but HCR is a cooked goose, fork and all. The Insurance Co's will be able to charge anything they want in premiums. Pre-existing condition, no problem, don't worry the Insurance Co's will come up with a rate appropriate to your condition, sick now, no problem, don't worry the Insurance Co's will come up with a rate appropriate for your illness, old, not to worry, you can get on Medicare (glad I'm old), poor, don't worry, the Gov will give you a tax credit at the end of the year relative to your poverty level, but you will have to have insurance for that year. The sucking sound I am about hear is the sound of my wallet (and yours) and the Gov Treasury being drained dry by the Corporate Insurance Industry. And of course any Gov intervention in the business of Insurance is Socialism, therefore it is not reasonable to think that we will be protected in any fashion from Insurance Co's demands. The GOP has won the day, and the HCR debate, the GOP win in the Senate is a short period of time away. This is and will be the worst possible outcome for HCR, a bill with no public option and a mandate to purchase insurance, and no recourse to fix anything in the bill. We will get what we are told we deserve. I really hope I'm wrong and every thing comes up roses, but I've seen nothing to ease my fears. (long-winded rant, huh?)

  • Xero

    I read a post at the GOS stating that if HCR fails, they were going to vote republican in '10.

    Actually, I've read many, many posts over the last few weeks that, while they don't go to the moronic lengths the aforementioned post goes, are in mold of it (ie: Obama sux!!!one1!)

    Silly. I'm a liberal, way to the left of the president, but I am certainly not giving up.

    I hope those who are, at the moment, disappointed, or pissed they haven't gotten their pony yet, will wake up before mid-terms, and get fired up before 2012. The alternative is unthinkable.