POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the public option … gone? not so fast!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 19, 2009

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Bob Herbert writes in the NYT (8/18/09) …

  • The hope of a government-run insurance option is all but gone.
  • Insurance companies are delighted with the way “reform” is unfolding.
  • While it is undoubtedly important to bring as many people as possible under the umbrella of health coverage, the way it is being done now does not address what President Obama and so many other advocates have said is a crucial component of reform — bringing the ever-spiraling costs of health care under control.
  • Those costs, we’re told, are hamstringing the U.S. economy, making us less competitive globally and driving up the budget deficit.
  • Giving consumers the choice of an efficient, nonprofit, government-run insurance plan would have moved us toward real cost control, but that option has gone a-glimmering.
  • The public deserves better.
  • The drug companies, the insurance industry and the rest of the corporate high-rollers have their tentacles all over this so-called reform effort, squeezing it for all it’s worth.

Read the entire column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/opinion/18herbert.html?_r=1


Maybe not all is lost. See related article and more LMW COMMENT at …

* healthcare reform … this is the moment for liberals and President Obama


One Response to “* the public option … gone? not so fast!”

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