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NMMOM Donating Member (44 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-19-09 09:43 AM
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151. But... Do we really want to support a public option vs. a single payer?
I found this post on Common Dreams this morning pointing out the differences between the two.
You can read the whole post here: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/06/16-4

But what caught my attention was this:
Progressive Caucus on June 4, 2009:

Today the Congressional Progressive Caucus faces a choice. That choice is whether Members should maintain their unflinching support for single-payer, or to accede to intense political pressure to support the plan currently being developed in Congress under the direction of President Obama: a mandate for Americans to purchase an insurance plan from a massive new regulatory exchange, with one plan potentially being a public option.

The difference between these choices could not be more stark: single-payer has at its core the elimination of U.S.-style private insurance, using huge administrative savings and inherent cost control mechanisms to provide comprehensive, sustainable universal coverage.

**** The public option preserves all of the systemic defects inherent in reliance on a patchwork of private insurance companies to finance health care, a system which has been a miserable failure both in providing health coverage and controlling costs. ****
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