The “Public Option” rears its ugly head – again.

As Obamacare slides inexorably toward oblivion we see the emergence of one of the old ploys that progressive/statist/altruists always use. What is that, ask you? They drag out their tried and true excuses for their failed centrist policies, answer I. See if you recognize any of them.

“We didn’t fund the program adequately.” (The War on Poverty was “funded” to the tune of $20 trillion, but that was “not enough.”)

“We didn’t make the penalties stringent enough.” (Dodd-Frank Act – “too big to fail” is still a looming disaster.)

“We needed to add (fill in the blank) to make it successful, but the “conservatives wouldn’t let us.” (Today, we fill in the blank with “the Public Option” for Obamacare.)

[Source: The “Public Option:” Obamacare’s final bailout, by John R. Graham]

Obamacare has never been wildly popular. The highest rating it ever achieved in the polls was in July 2010 when half of respondents voiced support for the law (no one had an Obamacare policy in 2010 – the first “open enrollment” was in November, 2013). Currently, 46 percent of those polled disapprove of the law while only 40 percent approve.

I have not been a member of the American Medical Association for a very long time. I quit the organization many years ago because it was nothing but a political surrogate for Washington policies. Here is a classic example. In a remarkable development, JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the medical profession, published an advocacy piece for Obamacare by President Obama himself in August. 

As even the liberal media is sounding the death knell for Obamacare, its Democrat proponents are trying to say that the “Public Option” must now be written into the law to save it. Remember that Obamacare was the only entitlement ever voted into law without bipartisan support – every Democrat voted for Obamacare (many after being either bribed or strong armed) and every Republican voted against it.

But the argument that “conservatives wouldn’t let us” put the Public Option into the bill in its original form would be a lie.

[From the Graham article] Hillary Clinton… also recently endorsed a public option. The public option is a throwback to Democratic health reform proposals before Obamacare. During the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, it was Senator Obama who proposed a public option and Senator Clinton who dismissed it as unworkable.

When it came time to legislate health reform in the wake of the Democratic wave election of 2008, Obama’s public option did not make it into the law. Keep this in mind: When they had the run of the table in the nation’s capital, controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, Democrats agreed the public option was unworkable. Now that Obamacare has creaked along for six years, both the President who signed the law and the woman he endorses to succeed him insist it is just the thing to fix Obamacare’s most obvious problem: Insurers dropping out of the health insurance exchanges, unable to profit even after increasing premiums by double digits every year.

Recall what most Americans believe to be the most offensive characteristic of Obamacare: It compels individuals, as a condition of residing in the United States, to buy health insurance. Health insurers are the only industry which has this privilege. Nevertheless, they have not been able to profit in Obamacare exchanges…

This will become the centerpiece for the Democrat counterargument when Mr. Trump finally gets around to Obamacare as a potent campaign issue. If Hillary is elected and the “Public Option” gets written into law, who will bear the risk? Taxpayers and their children, of course!


Roy Filly


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2 Responses to The “Public Option” rears its ugly head – again.

  1. Anne Malcolm says:

    I will NOT be voting for Hillary. Obamacare is just one of many, many reasons.

  2. JAMES KLEISER says:

    I suspect the public option was part of the plan all along. Even when Hillary didn’t want to go along with it in the beginning, it was for tactical reasons. The goal is a government-run single-payer system, basically the world’s largest health insurance company, with no competition. This is fundamentally an American, even anti-American, but then, that’s becoming common.

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