White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made it clear Tuesday that the Public Option did not have enough votes for the President to want to pursue at Thursday’s Healthcare Summit.
“We have seen obviously that though there are some that are supportive of this, there isn’t enough political support in a majority to get this through,” Gibbs said. “The president… took the Senate bill as the base and looks forward to discussing consensus ideas on Thursday.”
Obama’s decision represents a clear concession to the Republican Party, which has fought against the Public Option for months. The next question is whether Republicans are willing to make bipartisan concessions of their own.
The President will meet with Republicans and Democrats on Thursday for a summit where they plan to address, on live television, how to reform the healthcare industry.