Obama still wants public option

Here is the letter President Obama sent to Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Max Baucus today. In the sixth paragraph he writes:

I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest.



  1. Brandi Wooten

    June 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    This piece of the letter made me jump for joy! We still have our work cut out for us, getting Kay Hagan on board, but it’s so nice to have a President backing us up, for the first time in my social/political/activist life! (I’m only 25, but I know a lot of you had to deal with so much before I joined the scene, and I got my fair share of it too)

  2. IBXer

    June 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Since when has he government ever made anything more competitive?

  3. Steve

    June 4, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I think that it is slanderous for the politicians (who just finished stealing the entire social security “trust fund”) to call the insurance companies less than honest.
    I realize that a good portion of your readership is expecting “free” healthcare and or jobs in the newly expanded “health care ministry” but for the average working jane or joe this will boil down to a new payroll tax handed over to an increasingly arrogant beauracracy. The cost of healthcare will go up not down as the HMOs are put to death and like any utopian dream there will be a corresponding dystopian nightmare. The collectivization of US healthcare seems like a wonder, “heck we could soon be just like France”, but as we move forward the winners and losers will reappear…the winners…beauracrats with a new forever sinecure and the right to decide who lives or dies. The losers…pretty much everybody else.
    You can yell at an HMO, you can sue them…any such behavior towards the new healthcare czars will be tantamount to divorcing your family from the system. Imagine the sneering 22 year old who knows his connections will protect him no matter what indescretion against the public he commits. You know the beauracrat who insists on attempting to drown anybody who complains in his teacup of power.
    You may feel helpless before the system now but most people are getting their healthcare subsidized by the payers(the hmos), the first thing that will hapen in our new socialized medicene regieme is the introduction of massive new taxes, delightful for those who happen to live in the beauracracy..indentured servitude for the rest of us. Millions of new beauracrats crawling up into the wagon as fewer and fewer people pull more and more weight.
    One day you will see, yes sadly, the excitement will wear down as you realize that you may not be one of the chosen…the beauracrats, you may just end up as another beast of burden like me.
    It reminds of that 1960’s song ….
    Take a load off Fanny
    Take a load for free
    Take a load off fanny
    And you put the load right back down on me.
    Best regards

  4. Jack

    June 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    FYI, I am not one of the chosen. The insurance companies have made that very clear to me. I am not worthy of one of their policies, at least not at an affordable cost, because of my preexisting condition. Yeah, I can get all the heathcare coverage I want but not for what I need.

    In the 1960s this county sent a man to the moon, fought in Viet Nam and funded the the war on poverty. Think what we could do if we would focus.

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