Hey, White House! Seriously…SERIOUSLY!!
First, you’ve got Obama at a town hall in Grand Junction, Colorado on Saturday saying this…
“All I’m saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health care reform. This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it.”
Then you’ve got Kathleen Sebelius on CNN saying that the public option isn’t the “essential element” of the White House strategy
Then on Sunday, You got Robert Gibbs saying this to Harry Smith.
GIBBS: Well, Harry, what the president has always talked about is that we inject some choice and competition into the private insurance market. There are places in this country, unfortunately, where if you don’t get insurance through your job and you are seeking it on the private insurance market, you don’t have any choice but one health insurance company. What the president has said, in order to inject choice and competition, which will drive down costs and improve quality, that people ought to be able to have some competitor in that market. There ought to be a choice that they have. The president has thus far sided with the notion that that can best be done through a public option.
SMITH: … a hedge?
GIBBS: No, no, no. What I am saying is the bottom line for this for the president is, what we have to have is choice and competition in the insurance market. Again, if you are in a place in this country where you only get one choice, how in the world are you going to be able to convince anybody that you are driving down costs when you don’t have to compete against anything?
These messages aren’t just mixed, they are fucking swirled.
Now, there are some interpretations we can draw from this.
1.) Obama is caving on the public option because he wants to turn down the temperature on the angry mobs that have been screaming “Obama is Hitler”. This is a bad thing because it means mob rule works. And how can we trust Obama to protect us from terrorists if he can’t save health care reform from some asshole from Bumfuck, Arkansas, armed with a glock and a quote from Jefferson.
(By the way, my apologizes to the fine people of Bumfuck who don’t carry guns to rallies, believe in the rule of law and are working night and day with their city council to get the name changed.)
2) Obama doing this on purpose to get the left off their asses and start counter punching all the crazy ass “Obama’s killing all the old white people” bullshit and start doing some heavy lifting in this department. This however is also flawed because there is no rallying cry from the leader. Instead it feels like half assed passive aggressiveness. You get the feeling that if this thing goes south and we end up with a crappy, ineffective bill, his excuse is going to be, “What can I tell you? You guys just didn’t want it enough”.
3) Obama had barley crossed fingers through out the campaign. Had no intention of doing any real reform and is just really good at taking a dive.
4) Dick Cheney planted an alien symbiote in Obama’s bedroom the night before the inauguration and it’s just now kicking in.
5) He’s not screwing the pooch. It’s a super secret strategy. You see! You’ll all see! PUBLIC OPTION! AND THEN PONIES! PRETTY PRETTY PONIES!!!
(For the record. I’m going with a combination of 1 and 2.)
OH, AND LOOK...IT’S THE WHITE HOUSE’S COMMENT PAGE!
For the record, I’m calling both my Senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden tomorrow. I’m still debating whether to call Rep. Greg Walden simply because of the angina I got trying to see if he would denounce Rush Limbaugh for saying that he wanted the President to fail. (Spoiler alert: Rev Wright came up.) But since any bill that going to come out of the house is guaranteed to have a Public Option, (Thank you progressive caucus!) That may be a conversation I can avoid for the moment.
In the meantime, LET’S SACK UP AND RIDE YOU SONS OF BITCHES!!!