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Public Option Still AlivePosted Saturday, October 24, 2009, at 4:32 PM
When the public option failed to make it into any bill that made it out of committee it was widely believed that it was dead in the water. But with poll after poll continuing (this is not a trend as just about every single poll has shown support for the public option from the beginning) to show a majority of Americans in favor of the public option, it appears that it still has a beat.
Despite the lies and twists of logic about the public option, Americans want the option. It makes sense. With the insurance companies in an all out attack to keep their monopoly going, even going so far as calling those who support the public option and health care reform as the "enemy" as if they are in an actual war, most Democrats in Congress, and Americans, are starting to push back against them.
This is not an "us vs. them" situation that insurance companies and conservative Republicans would have everyone believe but an honest to the core "have vs. have not" situation. The haves who have very good insurance (and have the money to afford it) do now want the have nots who live paycheck to paycheck just to pay normal bills and go without insurance from getting their type of insurance.
There are 55 Republicans right now in Congress who are on Medicaid and they will vote against any sort of public option. Now the question is, why would 55 men who are on a government run system be so opposed to giving everyone else a chance at the same type of system?
It has been argued, quite a bit, on this website that this country is set up in such a way that those who were have nots, if they worked hard enough, could move themselves up the ladder so to speak. But the truth is, our system is not set up to help the have nots accomplish anything.
Fortunately though it looks like the Democrats in Congress are very close to getting the votes to get the public option on the final bill. Unfortunately, the Obama White House is willing to throw the public option down the drain just so they can get ONE Republican vote. The current public option that is gaining steam would allow states to opt out of the public option if they so choose to. It is a fair system and it would give people that can't afford health insurance an opportunity to get some, and it would give people that are fed up with their current health insurance an option of switching.
Don't be fooled, a public option would not threaten the existence of private health insurance companies. These companies are multi-billion a year industries. The most that it would cause is these companies to actually offer affordable insurance.
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