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Markos Moulitsas Warns Obama On Health Reform: 'Public Option Is Our Waterloo' (VIDEO)

11/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Daily Kos" founder Markos Moulitsas warned President Obama that the netroots were growing tired of the administration's foundering efforts to deliver health care reform, and that the last couple months have left them "not very hopeful" about the White House living up to a major theme of their presidential campaign:

We all, at the end of the day, want Obama to do the right thing, but we're not very hopeful given the last couple months. Given the lack of message discipline from the White House. Given the vast number of Democrats that are willing to compromise against each other. They're not even negotiating with Republicans; they're negotiating against each other. And really when you have a campaign for the presidency that was built on hope and on getting rid of cynicism, there would be no greater return of cynicism than to show that the insurance companies and lobbyists have won this debate.

Moulitsas also warned the administration not to cave on the public option because "at this point it is sort of our Waterloo":

We're not talking what we really wanted - we really wanted single payer - so we already compromised from our position. I think the public option at this point is sort of our Waterloo, This is where we stand and fight.

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