Ron Wyden: Public Option Doesn’t Go FAR Enough

(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Wyden amendment gaining support

By Tony Romm, The Hill – 09/22/2009

An amendment to the Senate Finance Committee’s healthcare bill that would permit employees to shop around for health insurance policies is slowly gaining momentum on the Hill.

The idea, pitched by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last week, would open the proposed “insurance exchange” — where consumers can compare and purchase insurance plans — to Americans who already receive coverage from their employers.



What has made Wyden’s proposal especially appealing today, however, is the Congressional Budget Office’s recent cost estimate. By their math, his amendment would reduce the bill’s impact on the deficit by about $1 billion over the next 10 years.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-…

Senator Ron Wyden is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. His Amendment now, could make a BIG Difference later, in the TYPE of Public Option we end up getting — one that is OPEN to ALL, or Open to Only the very few …

Senator Ron Wyden: The Public Option Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Kathleen Wells, HuffPost – Sept 21, 2009

Kathleen Wells: I read a summary of your Plan and it’s an exchange. What about the public option?

Senator Wyden: I’m open to the pubic option […] I happen to think that choice, whether it’s private sector choice or public sector choice, is the key to competition. Competition is the key to holding the insurance companies accountable, turning the tables on the insurance lobby. It’s almost as if the country has been having this debate between the ideas of private option versus public option when what we really ought to be thinking about is “no choice” option.

[That] is what I think is going to happen unless we can empower consumers and make sure they have plenty of opportunities to hold the insurance lobby accountable. The insurance industry does not want something like this because they are slicing a fat hog. They’ve got people captive. Folks, most of them, sign up with their employer. They take what their employer gives them. They don’t get choices and there is no incentive to improve products and no opportunity for the consumer to turn the tables on the industry.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…


If you Like your Insurance — you can keep it.

If you DON’T Like your Insurance?you STILL might HAVE TO keep it!

SO Consumers Beware! … (especially Employed-Consumers)

In many ways a Watered-down Public Option, is more dangerous than NO Public Option. A Watered-down Public Option would give us the illusion of Change, WITHOUT the sweeping RESULTS OF actual CHANGE!

Without Wyden’s “Free Choice” Amendment, the Baucus Bill is a non-starter.

Senator Ron Wyden “Free Choice” Amendment if accepted in Mark-up now, could make a BIG Difference later — it could be the mechanism that Let’s us ALL go to that Insurance Exchangejust like members of Congress do!

And if the House plays their cards right — one of the Choices on the Exchange SHOULD be the Public Option.

Health Reform’s Missing Ingredient

By Ron Wyden, Senator D-OR, NYTimes Op-Ed

September 17, 2009

The various bills making their way through Congress would, as the president explained, provide some consumer choice by establishing large marketplaces where people could easily compare insurance plans and pick the one that best suits their needs.

[…]

The problem with these bills, however, is that they would not make the exchanges available to all Americans. Only very small companies and those individuals who can’t get insurance outside of the exchange – 25 million people – would be allowed to shop there. This would leave more than 200 million Americans with no more options, private or public, than they have today.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09…

BUT, I thought the Public Option, would give us a Choice —

give US ALL a Choice?

It seems that the unspoken secret is, that without some serious changes, without Open Choice for all, to shop on the Insurance Exchange —  “more than 200 million Americans” will end up with NO Choice at all, according to the CBO (remember they project “only about 10 million will end up on the PO”, as the Bills defining The Exchange currently stand.)

Learn more, about ALL the Options.

We don’t need Choice in Name Only

We need REAL Choice — for Everyone!

IF we get the Public Option, WHO will Get the Choice?

It’s time to put American Consumers back in the Driver Seat!

ALL Americans. … It’s time to send Private Insurance Exec’s to the Curb!

And that is what Free Choice FOR ALL — is all about!

Don’t let it pass us by.

also posted on dkos

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    • jamess on September 23, 2009 at 4:51 am
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    yee haw!

  1. Let the flood begin.

  2. I can’t believe that he is actually speaking out and making sense. Not only will the watered down PO not give us choice it will along with the individual mandates, only put all of us at the mercy of the ‘insurance industry’. I can’t for the life of me see why the left is fighting so hard to get this dubious scam which seems to be another way for the extortionists to get everyone mandated into paying their vig. Why support a bill that only empowers the extortionists and extends their gasp on money that we don’t have. It’s not affordable, if it was we would all be insured. Hard to accept that we must fight like this to extend the grasp of these crooks.

    Perhaps Wyden feels the threat of Kitzaber, who has entered the Governors race and is a strong advocate for real public health care. This whole debacle is going to bite the pols when the reality of this reform is law and as with the banks we end up having to pay and feed the profit for a industry that is nothing more then extortion. Pretty hard to cough up 1/3 of your income when their are no jobs no regulations on the crooks and you still can’t afford a feakin doctors visit, cause your insurance payments are eating any money you might if your lucky have.    

    • Arctor on September 24, 2009 at 2:16 am

    are so opposed to the public option is that we all know they can’t compete. And why is that? Because. as with national defense, so with national healthcare: the government can do it better! Healthcare- insurance is a “public good” not a private one and should the government wipe out the competition? that will only prove my point. Our Dem leaders are trying desperately to remain half-pregnant!

    • BruceMcF on September 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “In many ways a Watered-down Public Option, is more dangerous than NO Public Option” … in a diary that is not about the watering down of the public option.

    Call it “limited access” if you will, but Wyden’s proposal is to make a watered down public option available to more people.

    Fighting the watering down requires first and foremost fighting to get a publicly administered plan.

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