Raising Women’s Voices

Karl Rove chimes in. Oh, how we missed him…

Posted in DC Reform, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on June 11, 2009

Karl Rove wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal today. It’s a nice little piece of Republican dogma and evidence of lessons never learned. So here goes.

Firstly, my frustration will never end with the overuse of the term “socialized health care” or “socialized medicine”. It is an obvious scare tactic used by the right wing to convince people the left wants the United States to move toward socialism, communism, anarchy…it’s neither constructive nor accurate.

For one of his points, Rove says; “…[the public option is] unnecessary. Advocates say a government-run insurance program is needed to provide competition for private health insurance. But 1,300 companies sell health insurance plans. That’s competition enough.” This, as we all know, is simply not the case. Our health care system is completely off kilter and definitely not saving those most vulnerable any money. Just because there are a lot of companies does not mean that those companies are making prices go down – if they are benefiting from a minimum rate, there’s no incentive to lower that rate.

Rove also argues that the public plan will undercut private insurers along the “slippery slope” we’ll go to a single-payer system. I don’t think this is the case. With a public option, there is a floor set. Anything a private insurer is going to offer will be better than the public option because they will be competing with that public option. A public option will force insurance companies to improve their care and be truly patient-centered instead of profits-centered.

Read Rove’s full article here. And please comment with your thoughts!

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