Raising Women’s Voices

The public option

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on May 28, 2009

A little news: Charlie Rangel comes out and says it: “It’s my political judgment a plan without the public option would not be able to pass the House”.

A little opinion: Harold Pollack muses – Yeah, we need that public plan.

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  1. Anne Scheetz said, on June 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, Physicians for a National Health Program, HealthCare-Now, the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition and other single-payer activist groups continue to work for a single-payer health care system, and will not support the so-called public option. No specific legislation for a public plan has been presented, while the single-payer plan is embodied in HR 676 which has more than 70 co-sponsors, with now a companion bill S 703. The public plan option cannot guarantee access to care for everyone nor protect people from financial devastation from medical bills, because there is no limit on the combined costs of premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and non-covered expenses; and the public plan will not be able to contain costs. The single-payer plan accomplishes all of these goals.
    Public/private plans have already been tried in 6 states and all have failed. Furthermore, the partial privatization of Medicare has been profitable for insurance companies but has resulted in increased costs to beneficiaries, higher costs for the public portion of the plan, and decreased access to care for sick beneficiaries. As for the desire to “pass a bill,” any bill, in the first place the same people who oppose single-payer will also oppose the public plan option, and secondly it is extremely short-sighted to put time, energy, and political capital into a plan that has already been proved bound to fail. Senator Baucus has taken more money from the for-profit health care industry than any other Democratic legislator; he has included the insurance industry in both open and closed-door health reform sessions while having single-payer advocates arrested for speaking out. Senator Baucus will create legislation that serves his corporate donors, not the people of the US. More information on single-payer national health care is available from Physicians for a National Health Program, pnhp.org.


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