I can't understand all the rabid anti-government sentiment from right-wingers in response to the notion of offering people a publicly-run health insurance option.
That's what Medicare is.
And Medicare recipients rate this government program much more highly than users of private insurance rate their plans. A survey found that 56% gave Medicare a 9 or 10 on a 1-10 scale, while only 40% of private insurance members gave their plans that high a rating.
Government programs work well, by and large.
I went to two public colleges, San Jose State University and Portland State University. Got a good education. These institutions co-exist just fine with private universities. So if a public option works well in education, why not in health insurance?
Six days a week the United States Postal Service delivers mail to our door, almost always reliably. I can mail a letter all the way across the country for 44 cents, a good deal. When I go to The Mail Depot, a USPS contractor, I can choose between several private parcel delivery services and the postal service. Once again, a public option meshes nicely with private mailing options.
Our police and fire protection come from the government. I don't hear anyone clamoring for privatizing these public services. If somebody wants extra security, they can contract with a private company.
I don't lie awake at night worrying about being invaded by a foreign country. Our military forces are the best in the world. And who runs the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines? The government.
So what's the big freaking deal with offering a public health insurance option?
I'd love to have a choice between Regence Blue Cross and a program administered by the government.Hopefully the health insurance reform bill that's proceeding at a glacial pace through Congress will include a public option.
Here's some good news: the Dems are talking about allowing states to opt out of a public option, which would make it more palatable to government-phobic parts of the country that are eager to pay more for health insurance than necessary.
Nate Silver, who has one of the sharpest political minds around, thinks this is a good way to go.
Me too. Let's git r done!