Which Public Option?

Just remember, the phrase “public option” doesn’t necessarily mean a real public option–certainly not a stepping stone to single payer. In several different versions of the idea floated in Congress so far, the public option would end up with a public entity subcontracting the actual insurance back to the industry–not unlike an outsourcing scheme. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to include the public option in the Senate bill does not amount to a real victory–if any victory at all–until the details are hashed out.

One response to “Which Public Option?

  1. I’ve just posted on the alternatives…with respect to federalism. …a different angle, huh? If you want to have a look, here is the link. I would argue that the consideration of health-care insurance reform alternatives ought to include an assessment of how consistent each is with federalism, for if we focus narrowly on the issue of the day without pausing to consider the impact on our system of governance, we will be unintentionally passing on a less perfect Union to our descendents. If you are interested in my attempt, pls see http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/health-care-insurance-reform-a-spectrum-of-alternatives-with-respect-to-federalism/

    You might also be interested in this NYT article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/policy/27health.html?_r=1&hp

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