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Obama administration hints that public option is not only way to go

Washington Post, August 17, 2009

Two top administration officials signaled that the White House may be willing to jettison a controversial government-run insurance plan favored by liberals. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius opened the door to a compromise on a public option, saying it is "not the essential element" of comprehensive reform. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama "will be satisfied" if the private insurance market has "choice and competition."