Obama was nervous enough about getting the 216 votes for the healthcare bill, that after courting the blue dogs as usual, he even met with the progressive caucus. In fact, he was so nervous, he even pretended to care about public option

Woolsey told Obama that she’d be introducing legislation to create a public option and Obama said he encouraged the effort, according to Schakowsky.

(in other words: “good luck with that!”). For added gratuity

Obama pointed Kucinich toward single-payer language that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was able to get into the bill. Kucinich fought for an amendment that would allow states to adopt single-payer systems without getting sued by insurance companies. Obama told Kucinich that Sanders’s measure was similar but doesn’t kick in for several years. “He definitely wrote it down,” said one member of Kucinich, suggesting that he’d look into it.

I am sure he will, along with the Hospitals industry that he sold it to last summer – and have a good laugh.

According to another account, Obama basically said “do it for me”

Obama to Progressives: 31 Million People–And My Presidency–Are On The Line If Health Care Fails

the direct quote being

“To maintain a strong presidency we need to pass this bill,”

All that was missing was “You love me. You really, really love me!

And of course gave them cover by gratuitous pledges

Obama also apparently pledged to revisit the public option in the future.

Yet another source heaps irony sky high

Woolsey, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who was present with around seven or eight other liberals, says Obama compared the health reform fight to the passage of Social Security and Medicare.

You know, the ones he would love so dearly to give to his Wall street backers.

But it is Politico that tells us what delegates were too embarrassed to broadcast themselves

Two senior administration officials said the White House is telling Democrats reconsidering their support for health care reform that they will pay the price for their original vote no matter what happens, so they should reap the political benefits of actually passing a law.

Translation: you’re compromised with your base anyway, your ass belongs to me. (oppose me and I’ll Paterson you).

Of course, to get the full extent of the hypocrisy of what was told, you’d have to see what he told the other guys the day before

Obama’s Reprehensible Rhetoric Against Single-Payer

here’s one aspect of it

Here’s how he put it: “I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America.”

By damning “government bureaucrats,” Obama played right into the hands of the anti-government crowd and made any durable expansion of health care coverage all the more difficult. He also insulted every single federal employee in the Medicare and Medicaid and VA and Indian health programs.

So, aren’t you glad he wrote things down and promised to “revisit” the Public Option? I am so excited with anticipation, I can’t sleep at night!

Oh, there’s one more laugh at it all” all this talk of reconciliation is pure bogus: there won’t be one

“They’re using reconciliation to pass the great big bill,” Gregg said during an appearance on CNBC. “Once they pass the great big bill, I wouldn’t be surprised if the White House didn’t care if reconciliation passed. I mean, why would they?”
“If you’re in the House and you’re saying, ‘Well, I’m going to vote for this because I’m going to get a reconcilation bill,’ I would think twice about that,”
“In my opinion, reconciliation is an exercise for buying votes, which, once they have the votes they really don’t need it,”