June 8, 2009
Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday that President Obama intends to promote a health-care reform plan that will include creating a government-owned health-care company and predicted that Congress will enact such a plan by the end of the summer.
[efoods]Axelrod said that a government-owned health-care company would “give consumers a better deal.”
Last week, Obama sent a letter to Senators Edward Kennedy (D.-Mass.) and Max Baucus (D.-Mont.), who are pushing efforts in the Senate for a national health-care plan. In the letter, Obama said he favored, as part of this plan, creating a government-owned health-care company.
“I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans,” Obama said in the letter to the two senators. “This will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest.”