White House, Drudge Battle Over Health Care

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The White House is using YouTube to discount a recent video posted on the popular Drudge Report Web site.

The independently produced video from 2007 shows President Barack Obama discussing the creation of a government-run healthcare system.

"I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately," he said in the video.  "There's going to be, potentially, some transition process.  I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out."

The video also included clips of Democratic lawmakers linking the public option with a "single payer" system.

Tuesday, the White House Office of Health Reform posted a 3-minute video in response.  It features Linda Douglass, the office's communications director, sitting in front of a computer screen showing the Web page.

Does the response from the White House show the administration is concerned about new questions surrounding healthcare reform?

CBN News spoke with Amy Menefee of Americans for Prosperity about this.  Click play for her comments.

"You know the people who always try to scare people whenever you try to bring them health insurance reform are at it again," she said.  "And they're taking sentences and phrases out of context, and cobbling them together to leave a very false impression."

The post is a testament to the power of the Internet and may indicate the White House's concern over recent declining poll numbers.

Still, Douglass does not specifically address the concern that a public insurance option would eventually crowd out private plans. Instead, she shows a series of recent statements by President Obama that simply repeat the overall point that Americans with private insurance will not have to change plans or doctors.

*Originally published August 4, 2009

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