From yesterday’s White House Press Briefing:
Gibbs: Again, maybe I want to be clear for Laura and for you. I don’t believe that the President has come down one versus the other in terms of denoting co-ops equal to or above public option. I can talk to the health team about that.
Q I want to go back to the public option. When it was initially conceived, it was thought of as a massive entity whereby over a hundred million people could conceivably get coverage, structured like Medicaid. Today we’re talking about it being a co-op or a public option with triggers. Do you think the debate has switched a little bit too far away from a robust public option, and is the President sad in that we’ve moved so far to the left that we have to compromise it down so much?
MR. GIBBS: I’m sorry, run that whole series of caveats by me one more time.
Q The public option was initially conceived, intellectually, as something that would handle 100 million uninsured people, or people who want to get insurance.
MR. GIBBS: Well, remember, just — let me — I’ll interrupt as we go along. And I think we’ve discussed in here, there would — there’s conceptualized a firewall that would not allow somebody to simply shrug off the insurance that they’re offered as part of their employer-based system in order to simply go into some sort of public option. So I’m not entirely sure that’s where this whole [thing] started out, but finish the last part.
Q Well, I guess I’ll switch topics then. Chuck Grassley says — (laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: What?
Q Well, this is related. Chuck Grassley says he had a private conversation with President Obama in which the President said, I’m interested in alternatives to the public option. Can you confirm that that’s accurate?
MR. GIBBS: I’ll certainly ask somebody. I don’t — I’m not involved in their private conversations, so I don’t know the answer to that.
And on a completely unrelated note — we’ve changed the name of the Campaign Silo to "FDL Action," which will seemed more appropriate to the kinds of campaigns we do. We won’t be changing the URL for a bit, but we’re trying to work our new design through the site one blog at a time without overtaxing our crack admin and design team (who deserve huge kudos for the work they’re doing).