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Public Option will lead to a Single Payer System

Recent headline on Obama's response to question on public option.

It seems that the administration believes that this disjointed approach to analysis will actually be accepted by the public. Let’s hope not.  It is well comprehended that there is a crowd out effect once a public option is in place.  So what is the real intent of such an option?

Maybe this is what they really mean by the public option, a lead-in to single payer. 

 

Obama takes on insurers over Gov't plan

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ERICA WERNER

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday squared off with the insurance lobby over industry charges that a government health plan he backs would dismantle the employer coverage Americans have relied on for a half century and overtake the system.

"If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care ... then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business?" Obama said in response to a question at a White House news conference.

"That's not logical," he scoffed, responding to an industry warning that government competition would undermine the employer coverage. 

"The public plan, I think, is an important tool to discipline insurance companies," Obama said.

 

Insurance industry lays down marker on health care

Note: response from insurance companies

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ERICA WERNER   June 23, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The insurance industry Tuesday laid down a marker on health care, warning in stark terms that a proposed government insurance plan would dismantle the employer coverage Americans have relied on for a half century and overtake the system. In a joint letter to senators, the two largest industry groups also said they don't believe it's possible to design a government plan that can compete fairly with private companies in a revamped health care market.

"We do not believe that it is possible to create a government plan that could operate on a level playing field. Regardless of how it is initially structured, a government plan would use its built-in advantages to take over the health insurance market," added the industry letter.