Was the Public Option Off the Table?: Today’s Q for O’s WH — 10/6/10

By Jared

Oct 6, 2010 12:16pm

(In his new book, “Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate To Make Way for Health Care Reform,” former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, wrote that as of July 2009, hospitals and Democrats operated under the “working assumption” that the legislation “would contain no public health plan,” which would have reimbursed hospitals at a lower rate than private insurers.” For more on the background of my question below, see HERE and HERE.)

TAPPER: Former Senator Daschle said in an interview recently that the public option during the health care debate had been taken off the table in order to in July – when the administration still had a public face that they were still trying to get the public option. This was in July of 2009 – that it was taken off the table in order to keep the stakeholders in the room, the health insurance…

GIBBS: I have not, somebody mentioned that they think he walked some of that back yesterday, I have not, I have not seen exactly.

–Jake Tapper

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