Obama's Top Advisors Walk Away From Public Option

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 10/18/2009 - 11:50pm.

There was a reason the White House sent out Obama's top three advisers to the talk shows today. As I said below, "they're selling something as we approach the final push for health insurance reform." Unfortunately, what they're selling, most of us aren't buying.

Today, the White House message is: "We're getting soft on the public option." So, it's clear the Rahm wing (and not Jarrett and Axelrod)) is controlling the message and the strategy. That's not good:

Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Obama believes the public plan is still the ''best possible choice,'' but she said he's not demanding it. David Axelrod, Obama's top adviser, said Senate opposition in both parties means ''we have to work through these issues.''

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who is deeply involved with congressional Democrats in trying to merge the various committee proposals, also appeared to set aside the public option.

''It's not the defining piece of health care. It's whether we achieve both cost control, coverage, as well as the choice,'' Emanuel said.

I just don't think these folks get how, hmmm, how can I put this, how nonsensical it sounds to say, Obama really thinks the public option is "the best possible choice," but he won't fight for it. Maybe they think that messaging works. It doesn't. Sounds weak. If he's not going to fight for the "best possible choice," what will he fight for? That's the question I have.

Obama would be wise to listen to Jarrett and Axelrod on this one. They've been with him longer.

Joe Sudbay - October 18, 2009 - source AmericaBlog

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 10/18/2009 - 11:50pm.