I'm sure you've heard by now if you are keeping track with this ObamaCare initiative, that the White House is leaning towards maybe allowing Congress to axe out the public option as part of these new health care/insurance reform bills that are going around Washington. Now if you don't know what the public option is, let's give you some details:
The public option is:
-a non-profit health insurance option that Americans will have to pay for healthcare that will be payed for by taxpayers depending on your income
-it is run and operated by the government
-many experts believe that it will be the least expensive option
-it is being established to provide competition so that insurance companies can lower their prices (the amount of health insurance that you would pay for health care) because if insurance companies are smart and know how to do business they would know that if their is an option that is being offered that is cheaper (the gov't/public option); their customers might want to switch over to that option, so in order to keep customers they would simply lower their prices
-the purpose is NOT to run insurance companies out of business!
THE ONLY THING THAT I DISAGREE WITH IS THIS: "The government would regulate the exchange so that insurance companies can't discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, or charge wildly different amounts for similar coverage."
In my opinion a private-public independent hybrid bi-partisan non-profit non-gov't relations impartial commission should be placed in charge of regulating the insurance companies, because if you have the gov't regulating the insurance companies then claims of socialism and gov't takeover might actually make sense. It might not be the government's intention to give the private sector less power to make revenue but that's what it is going to look like in the public's eyes.
BUT..... now back to the main discussion point; Republicans argue that with a public option in place employers will tell their employees that they aren't paying for their health insurance anymore and that the employees should just switch to the public option; but if the insurance companies are lowering prices because of the potential competition factor that could be at stake then why would be necessary for employers to drop insurance for it's employees??
And let's be honest; WITHOUT the PUBLIC OPTION where is the CHANGE AND REFORM IN HEALTH CARE, it's basically more of the same! Mr. President, you yourself have said that change isn't easy and is hard to fathom and understand but it HAS to be DONE!! So why are'nt you and the Democrats doing all you can to push this bill through??? I know you promised change in Washington and more bi-partisanship but sir that IS NOT POSSIBLE when you're opposing party has most of it's base in the south and still thinks we are living in the 60's and determines things right or wrong through race and political party. If Obama was a republican all this would have gone through in about 2 months time; the Democrats would have had disagreements with the spending but they would'nt pull the race card or the socialist card or the political party card; if you could convince the Democrats in reasonable negociations things would be done in a jiffy. But the Republicans have such an extremist base that bipartisanship is IMPOSSIBLE!
Mr. President; no other President has ever had a majority in Congress with people in the same party as they are in for both of their terms in a long time; so while you have a majority Democratic congress you should be getting as much done as possible; you should'nt need to worry about what Republicans think right now! You can start doing that in 2010 when the seats will be more towards an equillibriam with Repubs and Dems, or majority Democratic.
I also think the disagreement with the healthcare bill as I've said before has totally been overblown by the media; Obama was in Phoenix the other day speaking; and the media was saying "Although the President arrived in Phoenix where there was a majority pro-reform crowd there is still mostly anger around the nation" That statement is inaccurate because despite what you see on TV, America is basically 50-50 on a reformation of healthcare, but Mr. President the longer this goes; the lower the approval ratings for it will be; the lower your health care approval is; that's a lower job approval; lower job approval = more steam for the Repubs in 2010 and 2012; this is the same party that every1 was saying was falling apart in January lol!! I know the media has been accussed of a love affair with Obama, but please also TELL THE TRUTH as I have said in the past.
IF you've read this far and still don't understand this healthcare crap lol, click here this will give you all the basic info; it's a great link:
Also read my previous entries on this issue.
And check out this CNN Fact Check here: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/health-care-fact-check/
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