Except when he did.
Media Matters—via Americablog—documented the promises made about the public option back when Joe Lieberman claimed that a public option hadn't been mentioned during the 2008 presidential campaign. Lieberman lied when he said the public option didn't come up during the campaign and Obama is lying now when he claims that he never campaigned on it. Don't get me wrong: I want the current HCR bill to pass. Liberals and lefties and progressives preferred a HCR bill with the promised and campaigned on public option. But if we're going to get HCR without a public option, Mr. President, liberals and lefties and progressives would prefer it without any unnecessary insults to our intelligence, thanks.