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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:02 AM

Think twice when you hear the words 'public option' health insurance

By Ed Weisbart, M.D.
St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 5, 2019

Shhh! Donít tell the insurance companies (itís a secret).

Thatís the logic of the presidential candidates who are pushing a ďpublic option,Ē also known as Medicare for Those Who Want It. They claim that adding a Medicare-like option onto the health insurance marketplace is an easier political lift than real Medicare for All, and that such an option would thrive in the free market and open the door for Medicare for All. Then the insurance industry would admit defeat and quietly ride off into the sunset, finally achieving what should have been done in the first place.

The fact that the insurance industry is lobbying hard for this circuitous incremental approach should tell you all you need to know.

Sadly, many of us donít understand the choice weíre being offered. That helps them sell the idea that having more options is always better. Itís true that we need free choice of doctors and hospitals, but insurance should disappear into the background. Thatís what would happen with Medicare for All; thatís not what would happen with a public option, and the difference is all-important.

We could spend the next few years passing a public option and then wait several more years to see how it works. Ten years later, we would still be playing catch-up with the rest of the industrialized world, where health care costs half of what it does here in America and yet produces dramatically better results.

Why isnít a public option good enough?


First, itís missing nearly all the savings of a single-payer system. Health care insurance companies operate at 15% to 20% overhead; Medicareís overhead is 2%. We will never reach Medicareís efficiency by keeping todayís complex insurance industry in the mix. Never. Plus, the insurance companiesí inefficiency ó as high as it is ó is dwarfed by the untold time and money patients, doctors and hospitals waste in dealing with those companies.

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Reply Think twice when you hear the words 'public option' health insurance (Original post)
BeckyDem Jul 2019 OP
democratisphere Jul 2019 #1
BeckyDem Jul 2019 #2
qazplm135 Jul 2019 #3
democratisphere Jul 2019 #4
qazplm135 Jul 2019 #5
democratisphere Jul 2019 #6
qazplm135 Jul 2019 #7
Martin Eden Jul 2019 #8
Marcuse Jul 2019 #9

Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:06 AM

1. Single payer is the ONLY WAY to go as it takes the wall street

criminal investors out of the healthcare equation.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:10 AM

2. All the candidates know what you said to be true.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:41 AM

3. And it will never pass

Because you are selling a theory people don't all believe.

The public option PROVES the theory for those folks and makes the transition more likely.

Pushing we want it all now is going to set the path back.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:51 AM

4. Sometimes choices become easier when the greedmongering healthcare system

bankrupts itself and the country. The current system is not financially sustainable; fix it now with single payer or wait for the entire current system to go Armageddon.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:04 AM

5. Or ya know

Fix it in a few years, everything isn't do it now or everything collapses.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:41 AM

6. Forever can't kick the can down the road.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:55 AM

7. no one said anything about forever

but M4A isn't passing in 2020 or 2021...so you have two choices...

Say it's M4A or nothing...and get nothing.

or.

Say, Public Option now, M4A after and you will get M4A because people will CHOOSE it and see that it's not all of the bogeymen they've been told it is.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 01:51 PM

8. About half the US population is covered by employer-based health insurance

Though far from perfect, these policies for the most part provide good health care.

Tens of millions of voters would be very hesitant to have that coverage taken away, to be replaced with a new Medicare for All system. The rightwing Fear and Propaganda factory would go into overdrive, which could have a very negative affect for Democrats in the 2010.

The reason for the "Public Option" as a first step is entirely political, deemed necessary (by many who advocate it) for winning the election.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 04:21 PM

9. The insurance corporations will not go gently into the night.

The bookies fought government off track betting. The numbers bankers fought government lotteries. The insurance lobby is in a much better position to buy off the government.

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