Obama Admin Trial Balloon on Public Option Off the Table Crashes & Burns with the LEFT … Now They State “Sebelius Misspoke”


Obama … caught between a Barack and a hard place.

Well that was quick. Obama no sooner released the trial balloon and the LEFT obviously IMG_0379responded in outrage causing The One to say that his high ranking Health and Human Services Secretary misspoke.

The Hindenberg-like trial balloon that was floated by Team Obama with regards to taking the public option off the table with regards to Obamacare has crashed and burned with the LEFT. On Sunday Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated that the public government plan option “is not an essential part” of reform.

Now she is being thrown under the Obama bus as the Administration is saying that “she misspoke”. REALLY? The Health and Human Services Secretary misspoke? How is that possible? Is Kathleen Sebelius not in the loop when it comes to health care reform? Isn’t that her job? How does some one misspeak on a topic that is the most dominant topic of the day and when one specifically goes on TV to put forth Obama’s message.

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.

Interestingly enough, there is a confused message coming from the Obama White House. SHOCKER!!! Even the President distanced himself from the public plan in Town Hall meetings. However, the hue & cry from the LEFT has caused the WH to rethink the obvious.

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

“The public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health care reform. This is just one sliver of it. One aspect of it,” Obama said.

This has been a refrain the White House has used for weeks, but not until Saturday did Mr. Obama voice it so explicitly.

Michelle Malkin had it correct, this was not a white flag, it was more game playing and a trial balloon from the White House.

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “Obama Admin Trial Balloon on Public Option Off the Table Crashes & Burns with the LEFT … Now They State “Sebelius Misspoke””

    1. katablog.com on August 17th, 2009 10:56 am

      Makes no difference to me if the Democrats and IWon say the “public option” is on or off. First and foremost there is SO much bad in that over 1,000 pages that removing death panels and public option does little to correct it.

      Second, I don’t trust them as far as I can see them. Remember, this IWon administration has no trouble renaming things that don’t seem to be palatable. I got my kids to eat brussel sprouts by calling them “baby cabbages:; they were still brussel sprouts. Public Option and Cooperatives are also the same government controlled pig, regardless of the name.

    2. SUPER DAVE on August 17th, 2009 11:01 am

      Kathleen, the money must be good to lie to the public thenaet democrat crow even after they throw you under the bus.
      i shows how little pride you have in yourself.

    3. rightknight on August 17th, 2009 9:23 pm

      Taking money away from the People in advance (debt/taxing)
      is a recipe for People’s inability to spend it themselves on
      a Medical Insurance Plan of their own. No piece of any new
      Government Nationalized Medical Proposal should be allowed.
      Entitlements Gone Wild must be ended and phased out in
      the best interest of Free Enterprise and Individual Freedom
      as we know it.

    4. Greg the Mongoose on August 18th, 2009 1:55 am

      Just look ObamaXcare has been reborn using new language to be added at the last second before the VOTE. A old Ted Kennedy trick. Everybody will point fingers at everyone else. FEED THE VOTERS CAKE!

    5. Ms. Opinion on August 18th, 2009 3:47 pm

      If we think for one minute that Obama has our best interest at stake for health-care, THINK AGAIN!!! If he has no concern for the unborn, the most innocent of God’s creation, believe me, he has absolutely NO concern for our elderly, our handicapped, our sick. Whoever will not be able to contribute to his idea of a SOCIETY will be forced to end their life. If we trust in Team Obama, or Sebelius, or any of these idiots, we too, show our ignorance.

    6. henryyoung on August 19th, 2009 2:07 pm

      Why can’t just those why pay taxes get health benefits…how b’out that Obama and the rest of the health care reform starters??? NO seriously, this I could be in favor of, but not just letting any old person that comes to America, even the illegal’s to get health care and our taxes go up the roof???? No, sure, I will cont. to fight this…

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