In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Obama: I Didn't Campaign On A Public Option; Progressives: Excuse Me?!

Newscom / Pete Souza

That's from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. It will run in DC and Wisconsin--home to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), on whom many progressives are pinning their final hopes for a public option--with a $40,000 initial buy, supplemented by online fundraising.

"President Obama should frankly feel ashamed that he promised Americans a public option got people to believe real change was possible, and then never truly fought for it -- instead, pushing an insurance mandate that he specifically campaigned against," said PCCC co-founder Adam Green. "Hopefully, our ad inspires one brave senator to represent the will of the people and insist that a public option be in any final bill."

About The Author


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at

Progress overnight on deployment of new commenting system. We hope to move into a short beta-testing phase shortly.