Obama to Lefties: Don't Bash Health Care Moderates

President urges advocates to promote his health care agenda instead
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 5:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama wants his liberal allies to stop heckling moderate Democrats on health care, the Washington Post reports. “We shouldn’t be focusing resources on each other,” Obama said in a phone call with a handful of senior House and Senate lawmakers. Grass-roots groups have been slamming legislators for taking health-care industry endorsements or failing to support a public plan.

Democracy for America threw the biggest punch, producing a video that calls Sen. Mary Landrieu a "sellout" for accepting $1.6 million in health industry donations. MoveOn.org was planning to run ads today slamming Sen. Kay Hagan, but pulled them when she endorsed public health care. Obama said he'd rather see liberals pull together: "We ought to be focused on winning this debate."