Progressives have vented considerable ire, based on this claim.
Harkin, a progressive who wanted to see a public option in the health care bill, said he'd "assumed" that President Obama would have been pushing Lieberman (I-CT) at all costs since that's what Senate Democrats ultimately compromised on to secure Lieberman's vote.
"I'm really surprised at that. I would have thought that President Obama, I know he met a number of times with Sen. Lieberman, and Sen. Nelson and others," Harkin said. "I assumed that they were pushing hard for the public option. ... The senator said 'No' under any circumstance and that's why we had to do the compromise."
Lieberman told Huffington Post his negotiations on the public option were with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
From their story:
"Well, no. I think I got pressure from the president to be for health care reform," Lieberman said when asked by HuffPost about any pressure from the administration to support either the public option or the Medicare buy-in. "I'd have to think about this, but I didn't really have direct input from the White House on this."...
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Now, I’m not saying that it didn’t come down just the way Traitor Joe said it did. Asking him to support the public option would be no more likely to achieve results than presenting the request directly to Aetna’s CEO. However, Traitor Joe is leaving himself and out by saying he have to think about it. Furthermore, my momma had a special word for anyone who bases anything on what a serial lair says: fool.