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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:54 PM
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Pelosi, San Francisco and a public option that works.

San Franciscos Public Option a Model for Americas Health Care Reform

Steve Smith, director of communications at the California Labor Federation, highlights a real-life example of public option at work.

For most working families, the idea of a health care public option is just a notion. But in San Francisco, its reality. And it works.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney joined San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski and San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson at City Hall yesterday to urge Congress to pass health care reform with a strong public option, touting the success of the citys universal health care system.

The Healthy San Francisco program, which was passed with critical support from labor, is a one-of-a-kind example of a public option of health insurance. Low-income workers are able to access subsidized health insurance while those with higher incomes are given an option to buy into a public health insurance option at reduced costs than they would face in the private market.

In fact, because of Healthy San Francisco, 75 percent of those in the city who were previously uninsured now have health coverage. San Franciscos program exemplifies how a public option can effectively cover the uninsured and create choice and competition in the insurance market without negatively impacting job growth.

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Pelosi pushes public option for health care

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The San Francisco Democrat, speaking at a news conference in the city, said health care cooperatives are "not a substitute" for a government-backed alternative.

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Pelosi, at her news conference, cautioned that efforts to scale back or split the health care bill could derail reform efforts, which she called "an opportunity - not of a lifetime but of a century."

"If we don't pass this bill, with all the comprehensive aspects of it now, I don't know when we'll have a chance to do it," she said. "Does that mean that we couldn't improve upon it with future legislation as we see how it is implemented? No. But I think we have to be careful about splitting it off."

Pelosi insisted the legislation will go forward, with or without Republican support.

"The president has said that he wants to have a bipartisan bill," she said. "But we will have a bill."

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Thom talks to SF Mayor Gavin Newsom about San Franciscos public health care plan, 30 July 2009

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Thom Hartmann: The website for the San Francisco government SFgov.org. Ive often talked about how San Francisco, one of the first cities in the country - major cities in the country - to have instant runoff voting is a shining city on the hill. You also are, if I have this right, the first city in the country to have a genuine public plan.

Gavin Newsom: We have a public option. Imagine that, Thom. The sky has not fallen in, the world did not come to an end, bureaucracy has not run amok and we have not replaced our beautiful American flag with the Canadian flag in San Francisco. We have a public option thats providing real choice, and more importantly, competition. We have not raised general taxes, people have real choice within that plan, and its making a difference for at least 75% of those San Franciscans that years ago had no basic health care and now are fully enrolled in this universal health care plan.

Thom Hartmann: Thats remarkable, and its working well for you in San Francisco?

Gavin Newsom: I mean - objective minds - we just did an analysis that showed that were providing comprehensive quality health care regardless of preexisting conditions, and dare I say this, regardless of your immigration status, and I recognize the controversy around that, but those are the facts

Thom Hartmann: Yeah. It wont play well in Orange County

Gavin Newsom: No, I assure you it doesnt. I was just down there coincidentally yesterday, but were providing it for roughly $279, the equivalent of $279 a month.

Thom Hartmann: Wow.

Gavin Newsom: If you had the ability to go out and find insurance, and you had no preexisting conditions, the least expensive plan we can find out there that provides equivalent care is north of $380. And for a real plan, thats more comprehensive, a Blue Cross-type plan, its over $619. So were providing something that provides the same quality care with the same public/private choice, within this public option for substantially less money, reducing, ultimately, the cost to the taxpayers and putting pressure on the insurance companies - so much so, Thom, that Kaiser, one of the largest HMOs in the country, has just joined our public plan on July 1 and now are partnering with San Franciscos public option.

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So while Sen. Conrad is out making bogus claims about failed co-ops, San Francisco offers a public option model that works.


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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:02 PM
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1. No comment? n/t
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:03 PM
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8. It's Nancy Pelosi, you know people don't want to give her any props on this site.
It's a bonafide hate fest on this site when in reality she's one of the most steadfast supporters of the President in Congress if not the no.1 person in Congress who loves our Pres.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:04 PM
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2. This is fantastic..a working model that
is a success in good ol' San Francisco, California~
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-01-09 08:17 PM
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12. Ironic that an anti-single-payer member posts about socialized delivery as a model
Edited on Tue Sep-01-09 08:18 PM by Oregone
(Im talking about the OP)

If you don't have the votes for single-payer, you sure as fuck aren't going to have them to set up a socialized delivery system. And regardless, it has nothing to do with what is commonly called a "public option"
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:05 PM
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3. K & R
:kick:

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andym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:23 PM
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4. How does the SF plan work? n/t
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:37 PM
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5. There's a nice handy brochure
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andym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:56 PM
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7. Their website explains even more-- they've actually set up their own network
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 08:58 PM by andym
http://www.healthysanfrancisco.org

By pooling clinics run by the SF Dept of Health with a few other organizations they've created their own health network for pennies on the dollar. Their program is not "insurance," per se, but patients receive needed health care in SF.

This story really makes the case that SF is a great proving ground for creating a strong public option (or even single-payer) as it appears to be an example of a small British-like system in that the city owns many of the clinics (with co-pays which is not in the British system) set up in an American city (only 40 miles from my home).


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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:45 PM
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6. enthusiastically rec'd!
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:04 PM
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9. Pelosi is all things awesome.
Thanks for this thread. :kick: and rec'd.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:12 PM
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10. Healthy SF recently opened up enrollment
... and I qualified. I pay a quarterly premium and a set amount for doctor's visits, x-rays, same-day surgery, etc., and $5 for prescriptions.

I started with a complete physical exam. It turns out my blood pressure is off the charts as is my lipid profile. My condition is apparently hereditary (I'm 90% vegetarian and normal weight); my father had quadruple bypass by my age, his father died of a massive MI by my age. Also I'm seeing an endocrinologist this week for a thyroid mass found on ultrasound.

I have had patchwork medical care for two decades. I have to this point been un-insurable due to a myriad of preexisting conditions.

As an aside and for whatever it's worth, I inquired if I have Gavin Newsom to thank for the program's expansion and was told he, in fact, tried to cut funding for it. SF politics is not for the feint of heart. LOL.

Healthy SF works and I have no doubt is saving my life.
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diane in sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:45 PM
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11. Speaking as a resident, it brings great peace of mind. You don't suffer the death penalty
for losing your job or not having a good enough job.
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