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Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton wrote an interesting piece about the public health insurance option for the Wall Street Journal in which he nails big-insurance, big-pharma, and the American Medical Association for protecting the status quo.

Of course, they don’t want it. A public option would squeeze their profits and force them to undertake major reforms. That’s the whole point.

He goes on to point out that in a capitalistic system, a public health care option is exactly what we need to spur innovation and lower costs. One by one, he picks apart the common arguments against a public option: it’s government mandated health care, it has an unfair advantage due to economies of scale and lower administrative costs, it’s a not-for-profit competing in a for-profit market and so on.

If we hope to reign in health care costs, we must include a public option as part of the reform.

Yet without a public option, the other parties that comprise America’s non-system of health care — private insurers, doctors, hospitals, drug companies, and medical suppliers — have little or no incentive to supply high-quality care at a lower cost than they do now.

4 Comments

  1. Forrest Brown

    June 24, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Put your name on a public option TV ad by signing here: http://wewantthepublicoption.com/

  2. Brittancus

    June 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    My family has a small business in Indiana and cannot afford to give it’s employees any kind of health care, that’s why we agree with a large portion of Americans on the government single payer system. Born in Europe I paid for our health care with insurance stamps in a little book, so did the employer everybody worked for? Until the mass legal and illegal immigration into my country of birth all citizens had exceptional medical services. It insured us of surgery, eyes and teeth care for all the people. Today Europe is under considerable pressure from the millions of foreign laborers, who poured into my nation and other industrialized countries around us. Why American newspaper always seem to quote that European health care is free–is beyond me? Nothing is free! We paid for it through our employers, but we were–NOT–subsidizing for profit insurance companies?

    Every health insurance company removes their pound of flesh, their co-pays, deductible, premiums and of course pre-existing conditions. THESE NEFARIOUS BUSINESSES ARE CURRENTLY SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, SPREADING RHETORIC AND PROPAGANDA ON TV, RADIO AND IN MAGAZINES. They are truly worried that there mammoth profits are in jeopardy, because for once the majority of the American people are not listening to their lies. Yes! In Europe you do wait for surgical procedures, but no more than three months. Years ago, I had been out of the country visiting relatives in Australia. When I returned their was a letter waiting for me, for an appointment with a nose surgeon. THE RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE HAS ONLY COMMENCED, SINCE THE INFLUX OF FOREIGN NATIONALS NOT PAYING THEIR SHARE IN EUROPE.

    We must take into consideration that a American government pool of health care money, far exceeds European standards and would cover every citizen and legal resident–NOT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Only the well heeled population don’t care for it and the for profit trillion dollar business base have issues, because they have so much to lose? If nothing else we should have the ability to choose for ourselves. Those who think that for-profit insurance companies, should know that this avenue is available to them. Then the larger portion of the population should not have to beg, to be covered, as they should have access to government Universal health care. We should all know our enemies in this health care issue, who are right now undermining President Obama’s plan. Those politicians who are adverse to any new health care agenda, are without doubt stockholders in hospitals, billing services, insurers or other profit entities. They sold you out to the wealthy special interest lobbyists on E-Verify and a near future AMNESTY. Be ready to throw those political puppets out of office, when their time comes around for re-election. Bombard your Senators and Congressman for a single payer Health care for all AMERICANS.

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  4. IBXer

    June 25, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Healthcare is not a right, it is a finite service and/or commodity. Government can not provide healthcare, it can only ration it.