That’s Right Nate

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Public Option Loses 2 Votes

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Today the Senate Finance Committee defeated the public option in a double header 15-8 and 13-10.  This is great news for this country as the public option appears on it’s last legs.  Despite the best efforts of President Obama, only 2/3 of Americans favor the public option and only 3/4 of doctors are in favor of it.   Those numbers are even lower in the Southern United States where the country has it’s highest percentage of NASCAR related injuries.

This setback will hopefully kill the public option leaving us with a health care reform that will safeguard the interests of the insurance industry by mandating that people buy coverage or pay a very severe fine.   This is the type of reform that I believe everybody should be able to get behind.     The heroes of the day for the 1/3 of who oppose the public option were Democratic Senators Blanche Lincoln, Kent Conrad, and Max Baucus who in statesmanlike fashion supported this country’s insurance industry over the powerful sick people lobby which continues to push for public funding.

Baucus said that his own bill without the public option, “is not easy on insurance companies.”  I am assuming that he is referring to all the people who insurance companies would now have to do paperwork for because his bill would mandate them buying insurance.   As many of these people are young twenty-somethings in good health, the insurance companies would probably be willing to do it.

At this time of economic uncertainty it really doesn’t make much sense for us to throw stones at the one industry in this country that is booming.   Last year, insurance companies made a 428% profit.  Can our economy afford to knock that down?  I don’t think so.


Written by thatsrightnate

September 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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  1. “only 2/3 of Americans favor the public option and only 3/4 of doctors are in favor of it”

    Only? ONLY? That’s a clear majority, isn’t it?


    September 30, 2009 at 5:32 am

  2. Oh right. I see what you are doing here. Damnit.


    September 30, 2009 at 5:38 am

  3. Phew, that makes one of us Frank.


    September 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

  4. 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

    You might also be interested in this NYT article:


    October 27, 2009 at 9:45 am

  5. Thank you Euandus. I wish sick people would think about how consistent their care is with federalism before deciding on what their choice of care should be. All this whining and complaining, “ow it hurts” “Oh I’m going to lose a limb” it makes me sick.


    October 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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