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White House Pushes Back Against Video Clip

The White House has created a new video message to counter a series of old clips which, taken together, create the impression that President Obama wants to get rid of private insurance as part of his health reform efforts.

The collection of clips from the campaign trail were featured Monday on the Drudge Report, with this breathless headline: "Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will 'Eliminate' Private Insurance."

"Nothing could be further from the truth," says administration official Linda Douglass in the White House's hastily assembled response. Douglass, a former ABC News correspondent, uses her most authoritative on-air manner to say that the creators of the elimination video are "taking sentences and phrases out of context, and they're cobbling them together to leave a VERY false impression." She goes on to show a few clips of her own, and tells the viewers that more are available on the White House Web site.

The dueling clips were featured by Politico's Mike Allen early Tuesday and show a White House intent on fighting an aggressive multimedia battle on behalf of its reform agenda as Congress moves into its recess at the end of the week.

Posted at 8:36 AM ET on Aug 4, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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I'd like the president and congress to explain in more detail about how I, as a person with group insurance coverage, will be able to keep my plan. The way I understand is that employers will have the option of offering a plan or giving their employees a little money to find their own plan. Don't you think that employers will do what saves them the most money? How does that allow me to keep my plan if my employer drops group coverage? That doesn't make sense at all. It won't be my decision to make. This government overhaul will force people into government plans.

And, what happened to the debate about health care reform? All of a sudden it's health insurance reform? It is health care costs that need the reforming. Or better yet, let's work on government reform.

Posted by: kellyrae | August 7, 2009 6:01 PM

Glad the White House is fighting back against underhanded anti-reform campaign tactics.

The anti-reformers have lots of money to create misinformation, and to hide their hand in the campaign. Good for the White House for calling them on it.

Posted by: thmas | August 4, 2009 11:22 PM

its amazing to me that the media is not calling him on this LIE. He's learned from nancy huh? I saw this interview and he said they first have to take back the senate (they did in 06) then the house and then the white house and then we can do it (ie get single payer) Then on the campaign trail when questioned from the Today Show he said that he would "prefer" single payer but realizes we can't do that as it would destroy a good 2+ million jobs in the healthcare sector.

Well now which is it Mr President??

Posted by: visionbrkr | August 4, 2009 10:09 PM

scrivener50, there's a hole in your tinfoil hat and I am going to start the mind-control device to beam messages directly into your brain. You better get some duct tape and fix that before the laser is locked on to target. Seriously, quit messing around and go take your lithium. Let the adults talk, ok.

Posted by: Q_ball | August 4, 2009 3:01 PM


Thou doth protest too much! Thanks for falling for it...

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 4, 2009 2:44 PM

Obama's comments were "cobbled together" and "taken out of context?" Hardly. Douglass is an obvious stooge. Keep up the good work Linda! You're bringing all sorts of focus to and great coverage of the Socialist Messiah's actual intentions.

Posted by: flintston | August 4, 2009 2:38 PM

Scrivner50, are you off your meds? I was simply posting a link in response to the Linda Douglas video so people could judge for themselves. Put the bong down for a while and let the people see the President's speech for themselves. I don't know what GPS tracking blah blah blah you are talking about, I picked the screen name because I like to play 9-ball.

Posted by: Q_ball | August 4, 2009 1:48 PM


Oops. That was "Gibbs" I meant to type, not "Gates."

Find the latest on Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. (still on my mind, apparently) here:

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 4, 2009 1:37 PM


The post, below, is from "Q_ball."

"Q-ball" is surveillance vernacular for a covert GPS tracking device implanted in or on a vehicle of a so-called "targeted" (and often unjustly targeted) individual.

Isn't it interesting that Scrivener's post in this thread calls upon the Obama administration to ban covert GPS tracking without a court warrant as unconstitutional?

As Special Agent Gates says on TV's "NCIS":

"I don't believe in coincidences."

But should apparent paid operatives be so obvious in public forums such as "44"?

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 4, 2009 1:28 PM

I would like to know how this is "misinformation." Its 54 seconds long, one continuous quote, with no edits. It contains Obama telling the AFL-CIO exactly how he wants this whole healthcare takeover to happen. Here's the video Linda Douglas won't talk about and doesn't want you to see. Judge for yourself.

Posted by: Q_ball | August 4, 2009 1:18 PM

Let me get this straight. We are being asked to not believe what Obama said himself, but rather to believe what he says now which is not to believe what he said?? My question is: How can we believe what he says now when there is a good chance he will later say don't believe what I said. I say, it is easier to not believe anything Obama says!

Posted by: CayC | August 4, 2009 12:22 PM


Using The One's own words against him hurts, doesn't it?

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2009 12:21 PM


Very effective, Ms. Douglas. But the concern of seniors that health reform will reduce their benefits -- and may hasten the end of their lives -- is very real, not just "scare talk."

How will reform cut back on senior coverage, if at all? What can be done to assure seniors that "end of life counseling" is not a subterfuge to get them to sign off on "Do Not Resuscitate" living will orders or other provisions that smack of "eugenics"?

And finally...






President Obama, AG Holder, SecHomeland Napolitano, SecDef Gates, DNI Blair must dismantle the nationwide, federal-local GPS-activated extrajudicial targeting and punishment matrix and remove from power the secretive executive branch officials who continue to oversee it.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

See "GESTAPO USA" at ("stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 4, 2009 11:14 AM

i realize that there are multiple clips there but Obama in the 2003 clip clearly states that he is a proponent of single payer? How can he now back-track on that? he's said he wants to destroy private health insurance. I love how the political spin is now working. He's just like every other politician and now people are realizing that. He just has the liberals as nutty progressives as his base as opposed to most others being convservative or centric in basis.

Posted by: visionbrkr | August 4, 2009 10:21 AM

Obama lies like the rug he was conceived on. It must suck trying to convince people you didn't say something when it's all caught on tape

Posted by: brett2 | August 4, 2009 9:22 AM

Drudge is an idiot that needs to be shut down...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | August 4, 2009 8:56 AM

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