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Sebelius ‘Misspoke’ About Public Option

From The Atlantic:

Administration Official: "Sebelius Misspoke."

Aug 16 2009, by Marc Ambinder

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.

"Nothing has changed.," she said. "The President has always said that what is essential that health insurance reform lower costs, ensure that there are affordable options for all Americans and increase choice and competition in the health insurance market. He believes that the public option is the best way to achieve these goals."

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


Though we have to say, we never believed a word.

The public option is what this is all about.

Sooner or later.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Sebelius ‘Misspoke’ About Public Option”

  1. pinandpuller says:

    I guess if John Cleese weren’t such a liberal he and Michael Palin and Eric Idle could get together and film a commercial:


  2. proreason says:

    “The media misplayed it,”

    We need a media that isn’t so virulently anti-Obama.

    Where are the watchdogs for the boy King?

  3. Confucius says:

    This is the problem with lies. They’re hard to keep straight.

  4. wirenut says:

    Somewhere off in the distance I here a bus motor starting up. Any guess as to what tomorrow’s propaganda is going to be? Neither does the WH.

  5. DANEgerus says:

    As I have been pounding on the Healthcare takeover I have grown ever more frustrated that no pundits are discussing one of the truly serious issues facing our country if the (D)emocrat/Socialists conquer.

    COR, is the ratio of claims paid to premiums collected and industry wide it runs about 1.02, or $1.02 in claims & administrative costs are paid out for every premium $1 collected. Efficient insurance companies dodge the burdensome state level regulation by staying close to this ratio and thereby expand their book of business by spreading the risk over ever more policy-holders through good underwriting practices.

    So you say… No. No Insurance company is going to run at a loss. But they do. Why? Well… Billions of premium dollars flow in and the lag time between the payment of those premiums and the coverage of claims provides a float to the Insurance industry making them the largest capital investment source in America at… yes… 2%.

    Wouldn’t you borrow money at 2% if you could for reinvestment?

    Now. Take a deep breath and let it sink in. Has the light bulb gone off yet?

    What happens if the (D)emocrat’s National Socialization project takes over the Health Insurance industry? What happens to all that capital?

    It goes away.

    Without those dollars what happens to the Stock Market?

    It goes down. Way down.

    What about the credit markets? Remember the last panic that justified the stampede that rationalized the 3/4 Trillion in TARP dollars, and the 1/2 Trillion dollar government spending expansion, and the 1 Trillion dollar stimulus? What will happen when the dollars behind 20% of the entire American economy are no longer available for capital investment in American business?

    End game.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Of this I was unaware – do you have a source(s).

      Much thanks – Col.

    • proreason says:


      I would characterize your point under the broad category of unintended consequences (at least from the perspective of the American public).

      But the overall discussion about Health Care isn’t really about “reform”. What’s on the table is a 100% overhaul / redesign of one of the most complex systems ever devised by mankind.

      Nobody, NOBODY, can predict what will happen. The unintended consequences will be astronomical. The proposed 100% overhaul of Health Care is orders of magnitude greater than any single change this country has ever undertaken, with the exceptions of the Civil War and WWII (both of which completely transformed the country). If you include all of the socialist changes FDR tried in the Great Depression, perhaps they would also exceed the Death Scare as well (but no single one even comes close to Death Scare)

      And nobody who understands anything about risk management would ever recommend a massive change to a system that is meeting the needs of 87% of the user base. It’s INSANE.

      Unless, of course, the real goal is to create such instability that the super-system (i.e., the U.S.A,) collapses.

      That’s the real risk…..a high risk.

      But destruction of the U.S.A. is the end game for the Facist Oligarchists. If it wasn’t, then they would be recommending realistic reforms with limited unintended consequences.

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