WSJ reports: White House Open to Deal on Public Health Plan

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crossposted on Daily Kos

White House Open to Deal on Public Health Plan


WASHINGTON — It is more important that health-care legislation inject stiff competition among insurance plans than it is for Congress to create a pure government-run option, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Monday.


One of the most contentious issues is whether to create a public health-insurance plan to compete with private companies.

Mr. Emanuel said one of several ways to meet President Barack Obama’s goals is a mechanism under which a public plan is introduced only if the marketplace fails to provide sufficient competition on its own. He noted that congressional Republicans crafted a similar trigger mechanism when they created a prescription-drug benefit for Medicare in 2003. In that case, private competition has been judged sufficient and the public option has never gone into effect.

Mr. Obama has pushed hard for a vigorous public option. But he has also said he won’t draw a “line in the sand” over this point.…

OH NO! Not that stupid Trigger Option again!

Enough Already!  

Private Insurance has had decades to get it right — and what are the results?

Record Profits, Tons of Red Tape, Restriction on Pre-existing Illness, Arbitrary Canceling of Policies for Black Listed Illnesses, bankruptcy for those with serious catastrophic illnesses —

And spiraling increases on Customer Premiums, enough to cause Job Lock, and Small Business to fold.

This is Care?

Enough Already!

NO Trigger for the Public Option to take effect, Damn it!!
. The American People need a civilized, serious Public Option, like yesterday! Like the rest of the civilized world.

Representatives need to Represent the People who sent them to Washington, because those same People can send them HOME, too!

Chuck Schumer’s got it right — Dem’s got 60 Votes, so there’s NO NEED to Compromise on the Public Option, anymore!

Schumer: With Franken Seated No Need To Compromise On Public Option

Sam Stein – 07-6-09 – HuffPost

One of the leading Senate Democrats in the health care reform battle said that the seating of Al Franken has given the party the purpose and direction it needs to ensure that a public option for insurance coverage remains in any bill.

“If you did a consensus within the Democratic Party, you would find the level-playing-field public option to be the answer,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “And now that we have 60 votes, it seems to me like we don’t have to turn it inside out for something we don’t like.”…

Why are Senator appeasing the Big Insurers’ Needs — and NOT the urgent Need’s of desperate People in their own Districts?

The only reason I can see, is that Insurers pay bipartisans better, than do sick people:

Charles Grassley-R

Max Baucus-D

more well financed senators … without a care in the world

Senators, WHAT would you and your family DO without YOUR gold-plated Insurance?  Think about it!

That Gold-plated Insurance keeping your Family safe, IS a Public Option Plan — a tax-payer funded Public Plan, at that.

If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for the rest of us — the rest of us footing your Health Care bills, Senators!

Enough with Compromise already!

Stand up for the People who sent you there!

Senators, Exactly WHO are you Representing, anyways?

it’s certainly not the Canceled Cancer Patient or the Canceled too-costly pregnancy. Or the heart patient with more Denied Claims, than money to pay them.

Private Insurers DO NOT deserve a Trigger!

They do not deserve to even be in business — NOT one Decade longer!

It IS TIME to Draw a Damn Line in the Sand, already!!!!

It is TIME for Change, we CAN Believe in!  


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  1. I have been watching for THEM to turn health care reform into another Medicare-D rip-off of just us folks.  Medicare-D has been much worse than what we had before.


    He noted that congressional Republicans crafted a similar trigger mechanism when they created a prescription-drug benefit for Medicare in 2003. In that case, private competition has been judged sufficient and the public option has never gone into effect.


    • jamess on July 7, 2009 at 06:58

    Trigger — Hell No!

  2. WE are paying for THEIR gold-plated health insurance. I WANT IT TOO! I am one accident/illness away from being pushed into the alley behind the hospital, I have no insurance – the best rate I can find is more than my rent, which is 60% of my income. I want the same health benefits we are already paying for the idiots that are representing the corporations. Grrr.

    And what is a “Public Option,” really? Single-payer is what I want, I don’t want another bill I can’t pay and another list of “in-network” doctors/dentists/etc. I want to pay my taxes and go to any doctor I choose, and watch the “health” insurance companies disappear.


    • jamess on July 7, 2009 at 15:35

    It’s True! Health Insurers Tell Congress They Cancel Policies of Sick Patients

    July 6 2009

    Rescinding health policies of 20,000 people in past five years saved health insurers $300 million

    Patient testimony at the congressional hearing told a different story. Patients revealed that, time after time, insurance companies dropped people for technicalities, honest mistakes, or inadvertent omissions.

    For example, because a Texas nurse failed to disclose a visit to the dermatologist for acne, her insurance coverage was dropped when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A Los Angeles woman was dropped for failing to report a weight-loss medication she no longer takes and because of irregular menstruation.

    To the utter amazement of the congressional committee, the health insurance executives refused to commit to limiting rescission to only policyholders who intentionally lie or commit fraud.

    The committee discovered that health insurers target up to 1,400 expensive conditions or illnesses. These include breast cancer, high blood pressure, lymphoma and pregnancy. It was also revealed that employees at these health insurers are rated in performance reviews for high-dollar rescissions.

    Both democrats and republicans condemned these practices. Rep Michael C. Burgess (R-Tex.), said, “No one can defend, and I certainly cannot defend, the practice of canceling coverage after the fact.” Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) added, “This is precisely why we need a public [insurance plan] option.”

    • ANKOSS on July 7, 2009 at 17:31

    Rahm seems to be the errand boy for the health insurers, and guess who Obama listens to all day? They will keep trying to weasel out of the public plan until they can come up with a “compromise” that keeps the insurers fat and happy (in the fine print of the legislation, of course).

    This is America’s coin-operated “Democratic” Party in action.  

  3. nor does it ‘change’ anything in fact it makes it worse. Reform? How can you reform extortionists? You can’t. The very nature of this so called business is too make you pay for access to heathcare. I have never except when I worked for a large corporation had insurance.

    I’m a free lance a small business and I sure as hell am not plunking my hard earned money down to be pumped full of dubious drugs and put in machines that go ping while the extortionists bet on my demise and tell me I am going to lose everything unless I submit to a system that has nothing to do with my health but everything to do with violating and invading my very body mind and spirit.

    Fuck em. We need community based clinics and an alternative system that allows people at least the minimum of medical assistance, triage and the freedom to not live in fear of your life, or your means to live a decent life. Health is your own business so take it back. Fear is not healthy.  

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