119 Million Americans Want a Public Health Option -- Why Aren't Politicians Listening

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  1. Life_Long_Dem!
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    As the health insurance industry and its defenders in Congress lay out their case against permitting a public option in a reform bill, perhaps their most curious argument is that some 119 million Americans are ready to dump their private plans and jump to something more like Medicare – and that's why the choice can't be permitted.

    In other words, the industry and its backers are acknowledging that more than one-third of the American people are so dissatisfied with their private health insurance that they trust the U.S. government to give them a fairer shake on health care. The industry says its allies in Congress must prevent that.

    The peculiar argument that 119 million Americans must be denied the public option that they prefer has been made most notably by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which is one of two panels that has jurisdiction over the health insurance bill.

    "As many as 119 million Americans would shift from private coverage to the government plan," Grassley wrote in a column for Politico.com. That migration, Grassley said, would "put America on the path toward a completely government-run health care system. … Eventually, the government plan would overtake the entire market."

    Grassley's logic is that so many Americans would prefer a government-run plan that the private health insurance industry would collapse or become a shadow of its current self. That, in turn, would lead even more Americans entering the government plan, making private insurance even less viable.

    119 Million Americans Want a Public Health Option -- Why Aren't Politicians Listening? | Health and Wellness | AlterNet
     
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    all this means is that 1/3 of you are extremely dumb!
     
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    Probably Because the other 195 million are apparently smart enough to figure out that we can't afford it, have woken up to the fact that government without limits is unworkable, just plain don't trust the federal government anymore or a combination of the above.

    Let's hope politicians continue "not" to listen to nanny staters this time around.
     
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    Nobody wants government making their health care decisions.

    And sooner than later, as with all doomed entitlements, the public run health plan would be unviable.
     
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    ahuh and wait until they have to live with such a system,
    they will miss the thieving insurance underwriters! lol

     
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    When did yahoos stop understanding the basic tenets of democracy?
     
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    It's coming. I can tell because the conversations I'm having are making it obvious to me that enough people get it.

    Fuck it Willow. Nobody needs you for nothing so this isn't any different. We don't need you to get this done. You get great healthcare sitting at home doing nothing to earn it. And you don't pay for it, so fuck it, right? Loser.
     
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    Thats about how rediculous your arguments sound to the rest of us at this point.

    Back when us worker bees had good healthcare for cheap, it would have been hard to convince us to give healthcare to everyone else.

    But the healthcare companies got greedy and started overcharging us and denying us the best procedures.

    So FUCK THEM! Fuck their CEO's, their PROFITS, their shareholders, etc. Fuck em! And fuck the employees that work for them. Like Auto workers, they're going to have to retrain themselves and find something else in the new global economy. Don't complain when you take a step back either. Fucking whiners.

    Just like we have private schools, we can have private doctors who only cater to the rich.

    And trust me, you won't be able to afford it.
     
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    After having read the article more than a few times, it occurs to me that your lust for a Govt. mandated health insurance program will fall short of it's goal and i'm going to tell you why. If it even passes with the current Govt. offered public health insurance. you do realize the Federal Govt. contracts all these services out don't you? Yes folks even Medicare administration is contracted to private companies because the Federal Govt. simply does not have the ability to manage 100 plus million people on a medical program. So private enterprise will win out here anyway. Let's forget the fact this is blatently unconstitutional for a moment. The Federal Govt. when it competes with a private entity that it also regulates will result in all the other entities closing up or simply not offering those services any longer. What will result is Govt. run medical insurance. the reason all this screaming is going on from the left, is this fraud is seen for what it is and they wish it to be rammed down the throats of Americans as quickly as possible.
     
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    LOL, couldn't have anything to do with the cost of healthcare delivery spiraling out of control now could it? Naw, must be that greedy private sector conspiring to screw you and yours outta your right to be coddled from cradle to grave, huh?

    George Orwell must be laughing his ass off right about now.
     
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