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The top 10 public options already in existence

As more and more analysts and commentators have been pointing out, the U.S., like most modern nations, has a proud tradition of providing “public options” in a host of important areas. These public structures dramatically improve the overall well-being of society by filling in the inevitable gaps that occur in a market-based society when it comes to assuring that nearly everyone has access to the necessities of modern life.

Each of them, however, could be provided (and are provided in less advanced societies – and occasionally here) through the “genius” of the market (i.e. via private “insurance” and/or through some fee-for-service mechanism).

Here, in no particular order, are my top 10 – you may have others to add.

Now, try to imagine a modern America in which you had to shop for (and/or maybe do without) each of these “public options.”