Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Despite setbacks, growing momentum for a public option

From Robert Creamer: Growing Momentum for Public Option:

"The big private insurance companies don't want to change the status quo that has allowed a few big players to corner the market in most markets. An AMA survey, released in late January, gives a score gauging the concentration of the commercial market for 314 metropolitan statistical areas. The report showed 94% had commercial markets that were 'highly concentrated' by standards set by the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department.

A Robert Woods Johnson Report indicates that over the last ten years wages have gone up 29%, health insurance rates have gone up 120% and the profits of the private health insurance industry have gone up 428%. No wonder they don't want competition."

A health care business incentivized to avoid delivering health care? Who wouldn't want that?

Oh right. Most of us.

Last weekend's New York Times poll showed that 65% of all voters support giving Americans the choice of a public option and only 26% oppose it.

More importantly, the public option is also popular in swing Congressional districts. The firm of Anzeloni Liszt just released the results of a poll it conducted in 91 Blue Dog, Rural Caucus and Frontline districts. The poll found that 54% of the voters in these battleground districts support the choice of a public option.



Kevin Scheunemann said...

I'm constantly reminded, with the health care debate, how public school teachers complain about their pay.

Now, we want to funnel doctors...a much more skilled position, into a similar system?

The problem with this "public option", and any alleged savings is: obligating doctors to provide their services for less than market value.

In a free society, no one should obligate someone to provide their skill and services below market value.

If there is genuine charity, great.

However, the hand of government obligating doctors in this manner is the "anti free society" issue the public option needs to overcome.

Forcing doctors into such a system will incur a doctor shortage.

45% of doctors said they would consider quitting or retirement if forced into a public funded health care system.

That's the nuts and bolts problem with the public health care option.

PaulyW said...

The downside cost of a public option makes it hard to pass. How it gets passed with less than 50% support of the public also remains to be seen.

At some point government spending more than it takes in is going to cost taxpayers every dollar we make to cover the interest. I worry about my kids being able to pay it back...and you should too.