(_Analysis._) Since the Democratic leadership has ignored the “Medicare for All” bill and has instead opted to keep for-profit companies in the basic medical insurance business, though in competition with a non-profit public option, those companies have focused on scuttling that public option. The companies complain that, as a recent ad put it, “tens of millions will lose their current insurance, and wind up on the government health plan.” But were that to happen, it would be by choice. A company would _choose_ to pay into the “insurance exchange” pool, rather than go through another cycle of shopping for a group plan. A worker would then _choose_ the government plan over all of the private plans on the insurance exchange menu. So when the insurance companies make that complaint, they also make an admission: that many millions would like the public option better than any of theirs.
*Cartoon Credit*: “John Jonik”:http://www.americanhealthcarereform.org/joniks-healthcare-cartoons.html
h3. See Also
“‘Public v. Corps in National Health Care Debate’ _The Paragraph_, 2009-05-17”:http://theparagraph.com/2009/05/public-v-corps-in-national-health-care-debate/
“‘John Kerry Swats Insurance Company Bargaining Chip’ _The Paragraph_, 2009-05-23”:http://theparagraph.com/2009/05/john-kerry-swats-insurance-company-bargaining-chip/
“‘119 Million Americans Must Be Wrong’ By Robert Parry, _Consortiumnews.com_, June 5, 2009”:http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/060509.html
fn30. “‘Weiner Amendment Vote Moved to Wednesday’ – PDA, 2009-07-21”:http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/2009-07-21-10-43-31-news.php
bq. The silence in the House of Representatives around single-payer healthcare and H.R. 676 will end this Wednesday. Rep. Anthony Weiner, (D-NY09) … will move to amend the current bill. His proposal is essentially to replace H.R. 3200 with H.R. 676—single payer Medicare for All.
fn31. “H.R. 3200 – ‘America’s Affordable Health Choices Act’ Summary, 2007-07-15 – pdf”:http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BILLSUMMARY-071409.pdf
fn32. “‘Canadian Straw Man’ Factcheck.org, July 17, 2009”:http://www.factcheck.org/politics/canadian_straw_man.html
fn33. “CBO Report to House Ways and Means Committee, 2009-07-14 – pdf”:http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/104xx/doc10430/House_Tri-Committee-Rangel.pdf
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