Say hello to government run healthcare:
WASHINGTON – Dozens of lawmakers are taking another crack at enacting a so-called “public option” health insurance plan — this time, pitching it as a way to reduce the deficit.
On Tuesday, more than 40 House Democrats led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. Harry Waxman, D-Calif., revisited the idea floated — and eventually scrapped — during the battle over the federal health care overhaul. They introduced the Public Option Deficit Act which they say will give health care consumers “more choice and lower their premiums.”
“ObamaCare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better,” Schakowsky said in a statement.
“It would provide premiums that are 5 percent to 7 percent lower than private insurance plans,” she added.
Schakowsky argued that the plan would lower insurance costs and address deficit concerns — claiming it could save $104 billion over 10 years. A statement from her office did not specify how, though prior Congressional Budget Office reports have claimed a public option could trim the deficit.
Health care experts have long said that a public health insurance option not only would provide lower-cost health insurance for those who choose it but would also force private insurers to lower their premiums. A public option was a key element of the 2009 House-passed version of health care reform, but it did not make it to the final bill.
Now, as lawmakers focus on deficit reduction, with many Republicans calling for cuts in health care benefits and shifting even more costs to working families, the creation of a public option as a deficit-reducing tool—along with its other benefits—is back on the table.
There is nothing that a “single payer” or “public option” has in common with the actual risk mitigation of an insurance pool. When a government takes over, the only risk mitigation strategy that is available is rationing, total exclusion or euthanasia. Single payer is nothing but wealth transfer.
Obamacare was nothing but a precursor – all conservatives knew that…so did the “progs” – only the gullible “middle” thought it was something else.