Holy Cow: Politico Editorial Nails Obama on Healthcare Accurately
by TarHeel, Tue Sep 08, 2009 at 05:20:57 AM EDT
Didn't expect it from the politico but check out this opinion from Roger Simon. Seems pretty accurate and fair to me...
The public option is not, by the way, what the left wing of the Democratic Party wants, as some have charged.
The left wing of the Democratic Party wants a single-payer plan like Canada has. The mainstream of the party -- the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party -- wants a public option. Obama used to be part of that wing. We'll learn Wednesday night if he still is.
The reason for a public option is the one that Obama stated to the American Medical Association on June 15: "You will have your choice of a number of plans that offer a few different packages, but every plan would offer an affordable, basic package ... one of these options needs to be a public option that will give people a broader range of choices and inject competition into the health care market ... [to] force waste out of the system and keep the insurance companies honest."
The public option keeps the insurance companies honest because it provides competition. Without the public option, the health care industry gets a huge bonus -- 46 million new customers -- but doesn't have to operate any better or less expensively.
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And here is one other piece of unsolicited advice: Don't worry about winning over the crazies and the weasels. The crazies will call you a socialist, fascist, Hitlerite, Stalinist -- and born in Kenya, to boot! -- no matter what you say. Forget about them.
And forget about people like Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. A Republican, he had committed to work for bipartisan reform but went to a town hall meeting in Winterset, Iowa, and told the crowd it had "every right to fear" a government plan "to pull the plug on Grandma."
If you look up "weasel" in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Chuck Grassley.
the reason I'm deeply disappointed in Obama (besides breaking his campaign pledges by requiring mandates to buy only junk insurance) is politically he's pulling his punches. Private insurance companies are an easy mark and the public option is the most powerful cost control that congress has scored.
Reading today's WashingtonPost story about Recission it's hard to understand why Obama hasn't taken on the insurance industry.
If you want to read why I'm down on healthcare reform and the "hope" that private insurance will behave on their own read this.
In a pending case, Blue Shield searched in vain for an inconsistency in the health records of the wife of a dairy farmer after she filed a claim for emergency gallbladder surgery, according to attorneys for the family. Turning to her husband's questionnaire, the company discovered he had not mentioned his high cholesterol and dropped them both. Blue Shield officials said they would not comment on a pending case.