WH: Obama focused on healthcare progress

The White House refused Thursday to say whether President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump notes 'election meddling by Russia' in tweet criticizing Obama Trump slams Obama for doing 'nothing' about Russia before the election OPINION: Dear media, Americans don't care about Obama's legacy MORE would sign a healthcare bill that doesn't include the public option plan the president supports.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs declined to say whether Obama would veto or sign a bill that doesn't include a government-run public option plan, which the Senate Finance Committee is reportedly close to passing. Members of the committee are set to meet with Obama later Thursday morning.

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Gibbs said the president "is focused on making sure the process goes forward at this point."

"I'm not going to start drawing those lines in the sand today," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said that Obama's White House meeting with committee members Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusLawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda White House tax-reform push is ‘game changer,’ says ex-chairman MORE (D-Mont.), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP senator surprises top Dem with birthday cake MORE (R-Iowa), Mike EnziMike EnziBudget committee approves Trump's OMB deputy Senate GOP paves way for ObamaCare repeal bill Senate returns more pessimistic than ever on healthcare MORE (R-Wyo.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is "not a negotiation," but instead a chance for the president to get an update on the legislation.

When asked what message Obama will have for the committee, Gibbs said: "Keep working."

Gibbs said even though Obama wants to see progress from the committee, he is not pressing its members to pass a bill by any certain date, even though his onetime desire for a bill before the August recess lies in waste.

On Thursday, Gibbs said the president "doesn't have any firm deadlines in his head."

"We want them to work; we want them to make progress," Gibbs told reporters.