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Friday, June 19, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: The dangers of a fake public health insurance option

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The White House and key Democratic senators, including Iowa's Tom
Harkin, appear to be walking into a trap for the sake of bipartisan
agreement on health care in the Senate. There is growing support for a
fake "public option," as opposed to a government health insurance plan
that would compete directly with private insurance companies. If
Congress passes this kind of deal and President Barack Obama signs it,
we will get a enormously expensive non-solution to an enormous
problem, and Democrats will pay the political price. ... The public
option is anathema to Republicans and corporate Democrats, because it
would give consumers more choices, especially in areas where one
insurance company dominates the market.

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