July 22nd, 2009
08:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama omits reference to public option

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday dropped a direct reference to a government-funded public health insurance option when describing the benefits of health care reform he is pushing.

Until now, Obama has consistently touted the government-funded public option as competition for private insurers in expanding access to health coverage.

In his opening statement at a nationally televised news conference, he repeated his usual list of benefits from health care reform, but changed the wording to omit mention of a public option.

It was unclear if Obama changed the wording.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Ernie in LA

    This clown thinks we are stupid.

    July 22, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Maria - Proud Democrat

    The health care bills (all current versions) should be available for ALL Americans to read so that we can make an informed decision about this debate.

    Has the Congress actually taken the time to read them in their entirety????? or is this going to be another fiasco where they pass the bill through with out reading it!

    July 22, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. Eugene

    This is very not getting it right. No public option=no reform at all. Just smoke and mirrors.

    July 23, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
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