Asked today about Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-CT) claim that President Obama didn’t pressure him on a public option, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama “absolutely” did everything he could for health care reform.
Gibbs said Obama has been clear on what he supported, and senators have been clear on what they didn’t support. He added that the president is very pleased with the Senate bill, which has 95 percent of what he wanted.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) told TPMDC that he was surprised Obama didn’t push for it. “I just assumed that” he did, Harkin said.
Reporting by Christina Bellantoni.