Democrats want “public option” to be run by private health insurance companies


On Saturday, October 24th, The Washington Post became the first major daily newspaper to publish an article exposing a dirty little secret that Democratic Party leadership in both houses of Congress have worked extremely hard to keep out of the public limelight up until this moment: that the “public option” gimmick they’ve been touting during the past couple of months will not be a “government-run health insurance program” much like Medicare, as they have disingenuously hinted in the past, but in all probability is going to be “just another insurance plan” sold on the “open market” and “administered by a private insurance provider”:

The public-option debate is frustrating some Democrats, who have come to believe that a government-run plan is neither as radical as its conservative critics have portrayed, nor as important as its liberal supporters contend. Any public plan is likely to have a relatively narrow scope, as it would be offered only to people who don’t have access to coverage through an employer. The public option would effectively be just another insurance plan offered on the open market. It would likely be administered by a private insurance provider, charging premiums and copayments like any other policy.

This is nothing new. Senator Harry Reid himself was quoted not too long ago as telling Nevada voters at a televised town hall forum that he “doesn’t think the public option ought to be a government run program like Medicare”; he told the crowd that assembled it was his belief that “public option” should be run by a “private entity that has direction from the federal government”:

During a Friday tele-town hall event, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told constituents that he doesn’t think the public option ought to be a government run program like Medicare, but instead favors a “private entity that has direction from the federal government so people that don’t fall within the parameters of being able to get insurance from their employers, they would have a place to go.”

So what does this all mean?

In their feverish attempt to win popular support for so-called “healthcare reform,” the Democratic Party leadership came up with the “public option” gimmickry for the purpose of appeasing their own grassroots base, which is itching for more radical reforms. But by making them believe that “public option” is a “secret Trojan horse” that will put everybody on the yellow brick road of establishing a single-payer “Medicare-for-all”-type healthcare system within the United States, they keep them quiet. As a result, the Democrats then are able to ram through legislation that will benefit the multi-billion dollar private insurance industry and basically screw over their grassroots base, with little or any opposition.

Despite wild claims made by angry flash mobs of tobacco-chewing, flag-waving Tea Baggers that all of this is tantamount to a “massive federal government takeover of the healthcare system,” the Democrats, in reality, are crafting legislation that will substantially enlarge the markets of private health insurance companies and help them earn tens of billions of dollars in additional profits over the  next decade; they are allowing the multi-billion dollar private health insurance industry to takeover the federal government and use it to force millions of Americans to buy their shoddy, substandard products, and demand that taxpayers pay out of their nose to subsidize the outrageous premiums they’re going to charge.

As for the “public option” itself, there is plenty of evidence to show that private health insurance companies are getting ready to profit from it. According to Kip Sullivan, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the steering committee of the Minnesota Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, Congressional Democrats have taking the liberty of inserting numerous provisions into their draft “healthcare reform” legislation which basically enable the “public option” to be administered by “private-sector corporations, some or all of which will be insurance companies.”

Given the tens of millions of dollars in legalized bribes that the Democratic Party and its politicians are receiving from the multi-billion dollar private health insurance industry, should it be of surprise to anybody that the draft “healthcare reform” legislation allows these “private entities” to make a whole ton of money off of whatever “government-run health insurance program” is set up, too?

The corruption is truly astounding, isn’t it?

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