“The goal of the public option . . . is to provide choice and competition,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
Gibbs also said that a public health insurance option, if enacted as part of a health care reform bill, would only be of use to those people in the private insurance market seeking individual coverage or coverage for a small number of employees as many small businesses do.
“So hundreds of millions of people that get their insurance like you and I do,” Gibbs told Chief National Correspondent John King, “through [larger] employers won’t be affected by a public option.”
President Obama “prefers the public option,” Gibbs also said, “however [Obama said what’s most important is choice and competition.”
“For our Democratic friends,” Gibbs added, “the public option is a means to an end, but it’s not all of health care [reform].”