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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-13-09 05:51 AM
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33. The plan is not to "radically" switch. The plan is/was to offer a public plan as an option ...
...that would compete with the private for-profit industry. The private companies would compete successfully (provide care at same costs) or fail.

Gradually, we'd have either a mixed system or a single-payer public system.

That way, it's not a "radical" switch but a gradual one and this is the same plan Edwards had knowing such a change had to be gradual - BUT A PUBLIC OPTION HAS TO BE OFFERED AS AN OPTION first. Nothing "radical" about making it an option. If people what to keep their private insurance, they can. BUT private companies would then have to compete in care provision and cost savings with the public plan and THAT would be a good thing and save costs for everyone.
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