Sebelius Walks Back White House Support for Public Plan
So do they or don’t they?
Yesterday, President Obama stood before the nation’s largest doctors’ group and made his strongest case yet for the creation of a government-backed insurance plan to compete with private companies. Such an option is necessary, Obama told members of the American Medical Association, “[to] force waste out of the system and keep the insurance companies honest.”
Today, Kathleen Sebelius, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, tempered the president’s remarks, telling The Associated Press that passing a health reform bill is more important than including a public plan.
“It’s way too early to say ‘This is absolutely in, this is absolutely out,’” she said when asked about [the public option]. “I mean, what he’s trying to do is get a bill passed.”
At what point does political savvy become waffling?