Why is the public option such a political third rail, even to President Obama?
What part of “option” don’t people understand? If it were going to be mandatory, they’d call it the “public requirement.”
If you want to fall for the scare tactic of a bureaucrat getting between you and your doctor, then fine…don’t opt for it.
Let a profit-seeking insurance adjuster make your life-and-death medical decisions for you. Since that’s pretty much the way things are now, you can stick with what’s comfortable.
Anybody who thinks that the Great American Profit Motive and the equitable, compassionate dispensation of health care share the same code of ethics either has his head wedged in a bedpan or enjoys his own Cadillac health plan and doesn’t care about anyone else.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the Great American Profit Motive. It’s great for making stuff, floating some if not all boats, and keeping congressional campaigns solvent--but I wouldn’t want to rely on it as the only bulwark standing between me and my headstone.