August 16, 2009 1 Comment
So, thank you to all who went out to the town halls about health care. It appears your political activism has worked in the short term. The Obama administration is backing away from the government option. Thank you all for getting out there and voicing the opinions of so many Americans (myself included) while the rest of us worked.
Now is Obama really giving up? Hardly. If you believe the videos that came out so many weeks ago like I do that seem to show the Obama administration is merely throwing up smoke in saying it wants a public option to compete with private insurance to help bring down prices then this is a welcome announement, knowing that there will be something else to come.
Since some sort of health care legislation must be passed for Obama to save most of his face before the American people in his first term we are left to wonder what will become law. Allow me to quote:
Under a proposal by, D-N.D., consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives would sell insurance in competition with private industry, not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops operate, especially in rural states such as his own.
I have no idea how effective co-ops are so if you have any experience with them please let me know. In the meantime I will pursue some research. Personally, I am always leery of things not for profit (smacks of socialism in the same ways organizations which are “for profit” leaves a foul taste in a true American liberals mouth) and their perceived inefficiencies. If I am wrong, educate me.
Another option is regulation of the health insurance industry. All 1 of my consistent readers may remember this article by Charles Krauthammer which I commented on (here). There are a lot of things regulation could lead to and one of them is a slow strangulation of the insurance industry, eventually leading to, oh, not enough insurance and then clamoring for some sort of government insurance. What will pass remains to be seen but I definitely like how the public option is no longer an essential component of this bill.