It’s being called the great compromise on health care.
Wrong! It should be called the great sell-out.
Because this compromise is no public plan option, no matter what Harry Reid calls it. There’s nothing public about it. It’s a total gift to the insurance companies. In fact, it could have been written by insurance company lobbyists, and probably was.
Remember what President Obama used to say in every speech about health care? The number one reason for health care reform was to cut costs. And the only way to cut costs was to give private insurance companies some real competition, through a public plan option.
This compromise contains no public plan option. Instead, it sets up a new string of private insurance company options. In other words, it hands some 40 million new customers to insurance companies. Where’s the competition? There is none.
The worst part is: this plan is being sold as the best we could get. But I refuse to believe that.
Let’s not forget. Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the White House.
With all that power, we could have a full loaf of health care reform. Instead, Senate Democrats settled for half a loaf – and all we get are crumbs.
That’s my parting shot for today.