Or so says Matt Yglesias. During the Prez's press conference today, answering a question about public health plans:
OBAMA:...hereís a public option thatís not profit-driven, that can keep down administrative costs, and that provides you good, quality care for a reasonable price as one of the options for you to choose, I think that makes sense.
QUESTION: Wouldnít that drive private insurance out of business?
OBAMA: Why would it drive private insurance out of business? If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care; if they tell us that theyíre offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say canít run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? Thatís not logical.
Later, Jake Tapper of ABC prefaced a follow-up question by asking if Mr. Obama had unleashed his inner Spock. Obama quickly said, "Is that in reference to my ears?"
He's an engaging guy.Posted by Linkmeister at June 23, 2009 12:11 PM | TrackBack