The Public Option trade-off

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    Putting aside the obvious politicking and deliberate obfuscation this issue is laden with, there remains a very fundamental trade-off that ought to be considered reasonably and rationally before one's mind is made up on the matter.

    As I see it, a very fundamental role of government in a mostly capitalist, free-market environment, is to be the referee. To be the final arbiter of fairness, equity and equality.

    It is completely disengenuous and intellectually dishonest to dismiss the very real truth resident in the fact that when the referee is also a competitor, a potential conflict of interest arises. Every time, without exception.

    And this is precisely the trade-off associated with a healthcare public option. Implement a public option and you necessarily introduce a potential conflict of interest and all the baggage that comes with it.

    So the question is, is it really worth it? Is it something that we really cannot get by without?

    My default position on these types of decisions is always against, unless and until I'm convinced of an absolute need.

    I hereby challenge those in favor of the public option to convince me that such a need truly exists.
     
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    You're just a shill for Big Insurance!
     
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    :lol:

    About the only thing I abhor more than big gubmint is big gubmint in the pocket of big insurance. :)
     
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    You would have to take the govt at its word that this is the goal.
    I dont think it is the goal. I am pretty persuaded that the goal is single payer "universal" health care ala Sweden. This is just the politically-feasible way to get it done.
     
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    Could you illustrate the conflict of interest that comes with these government programs?

    Social Security
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    National Flood Insurance
    Postal Service
    Military

    Thanks.
     
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    No, but I can illustrate that every single one of them if the were private endeavors would have:

    a. Been discharged in bankruptcy,
    b. Landed their custodians in jail.
     
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    So would have many banks of late.

    But thanks for admitting that you cannot.
     
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    One's gotta love it.. we have this administration, and this congress, wanting to berate private industry and for mismanagement while they propose new programs funded by worthless, printed money and while sitting on all their other bankrupt programs and unfunded liabiities.

    Yeah, I'm onboard! What could go wrong??
     
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    LOL!!! What are you, five? The ole "I know you are but what am I" response?? Fucking hilarious!!!

    WTF do banks have to do with your premise or my response???
     
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    I say Chevy Camaro and you say grilled cheese sandwich!!!
     

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