White House Fires Back at Drudge on Health Care

Responds to video showing Obama discussing 'eliminating' private insurance
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2009 8:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – The White House released a video response today to a Drudge Report posting labeled “Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance.” The communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform says the clip is taken “out of context” and that “nothing can be farther from the truth,” Politico reports.

“The people who always try to scare people whenever you try to bring them health insurance reform are at it again,” says Linda Douglass. They’re “cobbling together” President Obama’s words to create a “very false impression.” Because Obama is “talking to the American people so much,” she adds, people with “a lot of free time” are able to “cherry-pick” to “make it sound like he’s saying something that he didn’t really say.”