The Obama for America campaign website says the "Obama plan" for health care "will: (1) establish a new public insurance program available to Americans who neither qualify for Medicaid or SCHIP nor have access to insurance through their employers, as well as to small businesses that want to offer insurance to their employees."TPJ: Where did the populist, "fired up" Obama go? Why is he attacking the Democratic base who has supported him with our hard-earned money, time and lobbying of our elected officials for a public plan? He should be snapping at the conservative Democrats who were the ones who eroded the bill to the point where we, the left, had to say something. How dare you say that you didn't run on a public plan!! We bought into your idea and have supported it tirelessly. We still support it but you bailed out on us, Sir. We defended you and your plan to our family, neighbors, friends and strangers, which wasn't always easy but we did it because we believed in you and that you'd fight hard for us. Yet you didn't. You didn't even lobby Senator Lieberman on the public option. You sat back, deferred your vision to Congress to take the lead while urging us to put our neck out for you. Instead of not backing down on true reform you did the easy, Washington D.C. thing and sold out to the special interests as well as the Senators who held the bill hostage for bribes. Shame on you, Sir. It's beginning to appear like we fought harder for the public plan that you. You're hubris won't go unnoticed.
His campaign literature said "Obama will make available a new national health plan that will allow individuals without access to affordable insurance coverage, including the self-employed and small businesses, to buy affordable health coverage that is similar to the plan available to members of Congress." In a 2008 Washington Post questionnaire then-Sen. Obama said that "For those without health insurance I will establish a new public insurance program, and provide subsides to afford care for those who need them."
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