Keeping the Public Option Alive
It looks like President Obama has decided to try to save the public health-insurance option. I say great.
I'm more of a single-payer man myself -- and was disappointed to see venerable Congressman John Conyers back away from his previously staunch support of single payer -- but I still think a strong public option constitutes a real step in the right direction for health-care reform. Some estimates say that nearly 200,000 people in Detroit alone are without health care. Statewide, the number rises to about 750,000 people. Health-care reform here is critical to our future. A strong public option relieves the poor and the middle class of a huge financial burden, frees small businesses to pursue growth without the anxiety of how to provide health coverage for potential employees and means Detroiters and other Americans no longer have to worry about going broke if they get seriously ill.
And no, frankly, I don't care how much it costs to do this. We can't afford not to do it. We have no problem squandering billions, trillions even, to fight wars with countries that haven't done squat to us. So why carp about how many more cents on the dollar quality public health care means to the budget? I. Don't. Care.
But I do wonder what you think. Are you glad to see the President finally take this up, even via backroom negotiations? Is it too little, too late? Should we still be holding out for single payer?