Another Explanation Of Obama On The Public Option
This is the one I believe, because it comes from blogger insider Ezra Klein and because it rings true:
On Thursday night, Reid went over to the White House for a talk with the president. The conversation centered on Reid's desire to put Schumer's national opt-out plan into the base bill. White House officials were not necessarily pleased, and they made that known. Everyone agrees that they didn't embrace Reid's new strategy. Everyone agrees that the White House wants Snowe on the bill, feels the trigger offers a safer endgame, and isn't convinced by Reid's math. [. . .] One staffer briefed on the conversation says "the White House basically told us, 'We hope you guys know what you're doing.'"
(Emphasis supplied.)Obama wants "health care reform." He could not care less about a public option. If he gets "health care reform" with it, great. But if it gets in the way, then get rid of it is Obama's thinking.
Reid has different problems. Reid is in much less need of a health care reform bill passing than in being perceived as fighting for the public option. Reid is putting it in. Cuz he needs to politically. Unless Obama takes him off the hook.
Speaking for me only
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