Obama backs public and private healthcare insurance
By Noam N. Levey
May 7, 2009
Reporting from Washington -- The Obama administration's senior healthcare official Wednesday flatly rejected the idea of taking over the nation's medical insurance system, saying the federal government did not want to assume management of healthcare coverage.
Kathleen Sebelius, in her first appearance before Congress since being confirmed as the secretary of Health and Human Services, said the administration wanted a "public plan option" to encourage competition. It does not want to create a monopoly.
"Dismantling the private market and having an entirely public option, a single-payer system, I think is not something that the president supports," Sebelius told the House Ways and Means Committee.
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