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Public option was not intended as major focus for Obama administration

Washington Post, August 19, 2009

President Obama's advisers have acknowledged that they were unprepared for the intraparty rift that occurred over the fate of a proposed public health insurance program. Administration officials insisted that they have not shied away from their support for a public option to compete with private insurance companies, an idea they said Obama still prefers to see in a final bill. But the White House finds itself mired in a Democratic Party feud over an issue it never intended to spotlight, according to the Washington Post.