Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sebelius: Public Health Care Option "Not The Essential Element"
As reported by The AP, President Barack Obama's administration signaled on Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.
Facing mounting opposition to the overhaul, administration officials left open the chance for a compromise with Republicans that would include health insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run plan.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that government alternative to private health insurance is "not the essential element" of the administration's health care overhaul. The White House would be open to co-ops, she said, a sign that Democrats want a compromise so they can declare a victory.
Such a concession probably would enrage Obama's liberal supporters but could deliver a much-needed "victory" on a top domestic priority opposed by GOP lawmakers.
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See some comments from those enraged liberal Obama supporters here...