February 23rd, 2010
06:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Liberal group: White House has 'loser mentality'


"The White House obviously has a loser mentality - but America rallies around winners," the leader of a liberal group said Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - The leader of a liberal group slammed the Obama administration Tuesday, saying the White House "obviously has a loser mentality."

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-founder Adam Green was reacting to a statement by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the issue of a public option in a health care bill.

Gibbs said Tuesday that support for it was not broad enough to justify including a government-run insurance program in the health care reform proposal released by the White House Monday in advance of a bipartisan health care summit later this week.

"There isn't enough political support in a majority to get this through," Gibbs told reporters in the daily briefing.

The PCCC is leading the charge among progressives to pass a public option and is pressuring senators to sign a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to use a procedural mechanism called reconciliation in order to get the public option through the Senate.

"The White House obviously has a loser mentality - but America rallies around winners," Green said in his statement.

Green added, "More than 50 Senate Democrats and 218 House Democrats were willing to vote for the public option before, and the only way to lose in reconciliation is if losers are leading the fight. That's why Democrats in Congress should ignore the White House and follow those like Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez who know that the public option is a political and policy winner."

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Steve, New York City

    The "losers" in this country are the extremists (from both sides), that have been the primary drivers (after lobbyists) behind our government's INCREDIBLE dysfunction!

    February 23, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. patriot

    Maybe Obumma can see the writing on the walls. American don't want public option, we don't even want this type of reform.

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    Come on people think, our government can't handle our insurance. We are already so far in dept.

    February 23, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Chandler

    While a public option is supported by the American people, it is not supported by members of Congress. The President would be foolish to try and push that concept, when it is clear that not even 50 Senators would vote for it.

    February 23, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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