Monday, October 05, 2009

The Public Option Healthcare Debate - A Fact no one is discussing

“Public healthcare is a right, not a privilege.”
- Ted Kennedy


The Pro-Public Option proponents are presenting the wrong argument … Here is the hard evidence that completely demolishes the case against the Public Option, the case for Private Insurance Only

Both those for and against the public option are making the exact same argument, presenting the same case …
… both are arguing it will force the reduction of healthcare costs:

  • Those for the Public Option argue that it will reduce healthcare costs because it will provide real competition – free and open competition - the free enterprise capitalistic system.
  • Those trying to kill the Public Option argue the exact same thing – that the public option will create real, free and open competition and that will eliminate the obscene windfall profits the private insurance companies make.
  • The difference is those wanting the Public Option want it as a way of stopping the outrageous profits the private insurance companies make, while those trying to kill the Public Option want to do so solely and only to protect the monopoly the private insurance companies have to make outrageous profits.


That is the only difference between the two!!

Both plans have built-in costs for doctors, hospitals, technology, testing and treatment equipment, and medicines – the only difference is the Public Option eliminates profits, and the Private Insurance Only plan protects profits – not only protects profits, but continues to protect the insurance companies having a license to continue to make outlandish profits by letting them continue their stranglehold monopoly over healthcare.

Profits – heinous profits – are the only real difference between the two plans – and the only reason the insurance companies are making lavish campaign contributions and spending an additional $150 million a day to kill it.

Both agree the Public Option will make gigantic reductions in healthcare costs – which of course benefits the American people. But those trying to kill the Public Option are not as interested in reducing healthcare costs as they are in protecting the private insurance companies monopoly they now enjoy for charging outrageous sums for premiums and deductibles, and which allows them to be free to deny one out of five necessary medical treatments prescribed by doctors as they do today – and be able to continue to pay their executives $24 million a year.

“How in the name of God …??” – literally – can this possibly be happening?

  • … when over 75% of the people want Public Option Healthcare …
    … and when over 75% of the doctors want the Public Option …
  • … and over 45,000 are dying every year because they can’t see a doctor (over 122 Americans a day, each and every day, 365 days a year)

How is it possible for a small handful of politicians in Congress bought and paid for by the insurance companies lobbyists, to kill this desperately needed, life and death opportunity for every American to have the free choice to have the Public Option Healthcare if they want it, or to refuse it if they don’t want it?

How can they - the Grassleys, the Hatchs, the Baucuses et al, who represent less than 1% of the people – deny 99.9% of the American people from having free choice, fair and open competition, and deny voters their right to have a free choice about which plan they want, is so un-American, so un-free enterprise capitalism, so anti-democracy, so anti-American, how can it actually be happening to the sick and dying hardworking American voter?

The answer is money! Corruption! And hypocrisy! (Baucus alone has taken almost $4 million from the insurance companies)

The old Golden Rule was “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” derived from the nuclear core principle of Christianity, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” give to every American the same lifesaving healthcare you are blessed to have.

The new Golden Rule is “He who has the gold, rules” … and in this case it’s the private insurance companies who, with their obscene windfall profits, high-powered, extremely expensive K Street lobbyists, control their bought and paid for Congress, or, to paraphrase Will Rogers, “The best Congress the insurance companies money can buy.”

So who does your Congressperson represent? The sick and dying, or the profiteers?

Do they represent the money barons at the insurance companies because the sole purpose of those Representatives and Senators trying to kill the Public Option is to protect the obscene profits of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies?

Or do they represent their people – the uninsured, the underinsured, the pain and suffering of the sick and dying who desperately need the radical healthcare reform NOW, and know the Free Choice Public Option is the only way to get it – the only way to get real healthcare reform?

Nothing screams out more loudly of the enormous power of the Public Option to provide real competition that will drive down healthcare costs dramatically than the argument – the case – presented by those Congresspersons desperately trying to kill the Public Option … the argument to kill the Free Choice Public Option to protect private insurance healthcare only (the case actually proves the value and need of the Public Option Plan)

The Private Insurance Only Argument: “Public Option will provide the competition that will drive the private insurance companies out of business.”

This totally false scare tactic has had enormous success in scaring people away from the Public Option. Almost 50% of the people polled are against the Public Option because they are afraid of losing the healthcare they got.

Hello!! This argument that they will be forced to lose the healthcare they got is amazing – simply amazing! This argument proves beyond any possible doubt that the Public Option is the only way to drive down healthcare costs – the only way to acquire real open and free competition, which is the essence of America and American capitalism - an argument that overwhelmingly proves the value and need of the Free Choice Public Option Plan.

Why do they argue the Public Option will drive the private insurance companies out of business?

The only possible reason people will freely switch from the healthcare they got to the Public Option – the only possible reason – is the Public Option will provide equal or better healthcare at a lower cost and not allow preconditions or the healthcare providers to deny one out of five treatments doctors prescribe.

The only possible reason you would voluntarily – of your own free will – switch from the insurance you have to the Public Option is because the Public Option will provide equal or better healthcare at a lower cost.

Even better – you can choose the Public Option and still keep the insurance you have as tens of millions do with Medicare – using Medicare but having additional private insurance.
The Public Option is not an “either/or”. You can have both – if you like your private insurance – take the Public Option and keep what you have.

Hello, again!! What, again - in the name of God - is wrong with that? How does the Public Option hurt one single American, except those profiting off the suffering of the sick and dying?
Get rid of the excessive profits, and help the people – ALL the people – stop the bought and paid for Congresspersons from denying 99.9% of the American people the Public Option healthcare they desperately need! It’s as simple as that!

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9 Comments:

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

You have got to be crazy tothink that over 75% of americans want public healthcare. What poll are you reading? And leberals are pulling the wool over your eyes to get the job done. Insurance doesnt make money off of the premiums paid by the insured. They make money off the investments they make in, you guessed it, the free markets. Stock markets! The doctors are getting rich because they over charge the insurance, because the insurance companies will pay the higher costs. A doctors visit, itemzed without insurance costs about $260, same itemized visit billed to the insurance - $580 and the copay is $50 to the insured. The doc just made out with $630 for a grab your balls and cough, when he should have been paid the other $210 from the insurance company. Get it straight and get off your ass you lazy live, love off the other mans dime idiot liberal.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger greylord_krill said...

If Brandon is right then both the Insurance Companies and Doctors are to blame. The system is endemically corrupt at every level and cannot be repaired "In-House". Though I have a problem with the THIS government handling the problem, handled it must be, people cannot remain sick for the sake of profit.

The Insurance Co's cannot be oblivious to a mark-up by physicians, so why would they continue to pay these exorbitant bills? In my experience, the Insurance company has a $ figure they will pay to the Physician which is in line with the actual cost of the procedures performed. Any additional cost is to the Patient not the Insurance Co.

We had laws in place to keep the Great Depression from happening again, and yet it still did, by the same processes that caused it in 1929. A lot of the problem was when companies used investors money to reinvest and got caught with a short-fall that still had to be covered to the primary investor. The Insurance Co's should try to find a way to fulfill their obligations on premium alone.

Insurance should not be a "For-Profit" venture, the basic premise is that it is a Co-Op that pools the investments of the clients to protect against payments that exceed the clients ability to pay. This is done by pooling enough people so that the ones that pay out are covered by the ones that don't, plus the interest generated by the pooled money. Yes, investment could increase the pool of money, but as demonstrated twice in 69 years, it can lead to more ruin than the help it does.

The entire system needs to be reformed or even re-invented, from the ground up, on both sides. But, I do not feel that the Health Care Reform Bill we are now presented with is in any way the answer.

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At 11:11 AM, Blogger Test Install said...

First a quote from Tom's blog: "The Private Insurance Only Argument: “Public Option will provide the competition that will drive the private insurance companies out of business.”

This totally false scare tactic has had enormous success in scaring people away from the Public Option. Almost 50% of the people polled are against the Public Option because they are afraid of losing the healthcare they got.

Hello!! This argument that they will be forced to lose the healthcare they got is amazing – simply amazing! This argument proves beyond any possible doubt that the Public Option is the only way to drive down healthcare costs – the only way to acquire real open and free competition, which is the essence of America and American capitalism - an argument that overwhelmingly proves the value and need of the Free Choice Public Option Plan."

No another frame for the same argument: Whom do you want determining the future of your healthcare? Your choices are either a bunch of insurance executives or your elected officials. Which do you choose, and why? I, for one, have no faith in a bunch of greedy executives. At least with my representatives I can write letters and emails and seek their assistance. Do you really think that the insurance companies have your best interests at heart? Think of Enron and Bernie Madhoff. Do those names ring any bells? Do you really want those types of individuals determining whether a medical procedure prescribed by your doctor is necessary? I don't!!!!!!

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Ken said...

Brandon is right on. Why let government get involved in our lives even more? They screw up everything they touch (Medicare, VA, anything they touch!). All of these "government agencies" are bankrupt!
Once they gain control of something hude like healthcare, the power and greed comes in and starts taking over. They line their pockets and their friend's pockets.

All your Billy Jack movies hate police but now you love the Government? They may not use billyclubs but they use their power to take over your life!

Wake up! Just because we don't have a public option doesn't mean people don't get care.

What right do you or anyone have to limit profits??? If a company provides a service, they can charge what they want. Competition will drive down costs.

Friggin' Communist!!

 
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At 10:33 PM, Blogger BillT said...

The problem is simply that profit dictates the system. Right now, the wealthy can be healthy and their wealth allows them to dictate the terms of the health care debate. The insurance industry exists to make profit. If you take that out of the equation, doctors and health care providers will be in the profession to serve and to reep a fair dividend from their work. That's what life is about. Profit is about gaining money from doing nothing. Health care should not be part of the profit industry

 
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