(CNN) – The White House and Congressional Democrats are feeling the heat from liberal Democrats, who are demanding that a federally-funded insurance program be a key component of health care reform.
An Obama administration official took to the official White House blog late Sunday evening to emphasize the president's preference for a public option and to silence any suggestions otherwise.
The White House Blog
The Public Option: Rumor Check
Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on October 25, 2009 at 08:56 PM EDT
A rumor is making the rounds that the White House and Senator Reid are pursuing different strategies on the public option. Those rumors are absolutely false.
In his September 9th address to Congress, President Obama made clear that he supports the public option because it has the potential to play an essential role in holding insurance companies accountable through choice and competition. That continues to be the President's position.
Senator Reid and his leadership team are now working to get the most effective bill possible approved by the Senate. President Obama completely supports their efforts and has full confidence they will succeed and continue the unprecedented progress that is being made in both the House and Senate.
Dan Pfeiffer is Deputy Communications Director
The White House blog posting did little to mollify Adam Green, cofounder of the liberal political advocacy organization Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Green's group is advocating for the public option and has targeted individual lawmakers with television ads in their home states urging them to support it.
"Expressing a preference for the public option is not the same as fighting for the public option," Green wrote on the blog openleft.com . "Telling Harry Reid 'good luck with that' is not the same as the president saying, 'I am there helping Reid fight for those final votes.'"
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