Healthcare Reform: Breaking Down the Public Option

Healthcare Reform: Breaking Down the Public Option

Complete video at: Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, gives a detailed overview of the hotly debated public option. —– As President Obama pushes to enact an alternative plan, organizers and policy makers must work the devil out of the details. Join Momentum for a candid, up-to-the-minute conversation on where the debate stands, what is missing and how to best provide affordable healthcare access for all Americans. – Momentum Conference Anthony Wright is Executive Director for Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition which has been a leader in both state and national efforts to fight health care budget cuts, to win consumer protections, and to advance comprehensive health reform and coverage expansions. Wright led fights to pass a first-in-the-nation law to set standards for timely access to care, and a first-in-the-nation law against hospital overcharging of the uninsured, and to win a prescription drug discount program despite an million industry campaign against it. A consumer advocate and community organizer. Wright has been widely quoted in local and national media on a range of issues. He has also worked for New Jersey Citizen Action, the Center for Media Education, The Nation magazine, and in Vice President Gore’s office in the White House.

24 Replies to “Healthcare Reform: Breaking Down the Public Option”

  1. Netherland & Switzerland, 99% coverage and no public plan, but insurance companies are regulated like utility companies. Taiwan & Singapore have best medical care system in the world, 99% coverage, high quality, NO WAITING, and they are government run with less 5% GDP. Unreasonable premium, preexisting condition exclusion, changing drug formulary, deny treatment, medicare drug GAP for Senior are just plain wrong. Come on my fellow American, let us fix the healthcare for our children sakes!

  2. Simple, yes. Good, no. You can control costs like Medicare does, by cutting payments. That is not a good way to attract more doctors, hospitals, medical equipment manufacturers, etc. Shortages?

    And, even worse, it detaches your services received from your payment made. To control costs YOU must shell out the cash directly to the doctor. You must see the money leaving your hand, not an invisible payroll tax or inflation. Then you can decide exactly how much to spend on which doctor.

  3. @mm:

    Perhaps I misunderstand your comment. Gov’t and insurance can not pay anything out that they do not take in from the citizenry first. They have no bucket of cash to draw from.

    By keeping costs/benefits at the individual level you are exactly creating an equilibrium.

  4. Presently, most individuals have any incentive to demand high quality care and a fair price because someone else pays for it: either government or insurance. If costs and benefits were kept at the individual level, there might be some supply/demand equilibrium put in place.

  5. Case study of young pretentious know-nothing socialist grandiose Krugman wannabee. Gets a BA in sociology, runs a left-wing non-profit, and now actually wants to have real impact on american lives. hillaryous

  6. That is easy to say. But it is not easy to do. I think i have lost hope for America because there are just too many dumb people who don’t care about facts. Faux news is filling people’s heads with complete garbage and it is destroying America. You are correct and single payer is the solution, but you are naive to think that Americans are smart enough to get it done.

  7. True cost containment solution: SINGLE PAYER MODEL – SIMPLE TO EXPLAIN. Health care should be treated as a basic need, a neccessity and NOT as a commodity.

  8. Minimum wage a bad idea? Are you retarded? Minimum wage actually makes having a job worth it. Ever hear of the Gilded Age? Children having to work in factories for extra income to help their family survive? Their lives must have sucked terribly and they still lived in destitution, but at least they had jobs, right? If everyone had jobs, then there would be no one to train for new jobs. Unemployment is a necessary evil to provide a workforce that constantly renews itself and stays up-to-date.

  9. And, insurance, by definition, is intended to balance risk for catastrophic, unforeseen occurances (cancer), not to create a minimal discount in a copay. The whole debate is framed incorrectly.

  10. @ truth:

    You are correct, thumbs up. Insurance should NOT be linked to employment, nor should it be provided directly via the gov’t. The gov’t and insurance companies have no wealth to spend on us. All wealth is produced and consumed at the level of the individual. To keep costs real, the individual must know exactly how much of their wealth they are spending.

  11. Minimum wage, a bad idea that destroys jobs. Employers providing health insurance, another bad idea that further hides the costs of healthcare from consumers destroying incentive to shop around, thus destroying competitive pressures that would lower cost & improve service. Central planning, the worst idea in history. This man is an expert on bad ideas. He’s either lying or he’s clueless. National healthcare will ultimately REDUCE options by further destroying fair competition.

  12. Well… It could have done all of this.

    Even Pelosi has sold the public option up the river. Obama gave up on it. Progressive talk show hosts have begun to give up…

    So, while this would have been an improvement, it probably will never see the light of day. Moreover, it would have been a modest step towards a single payer system, which now seems further away than ever.

    The whole thing certainly got republicans libertarians and anarchists marching though. Fucking traitorous idiots.

  13. We Need A Public Option.

    If we want this we need to get more involved. In the comment section of my profile you will find several ways to do just that including petitions, phone numbers and much much more.

  14. Julie, I’m not understanding your logic about why Europe and the rest of the world pay less for drugs than Americans. It was and is my understanding that every other developed country in the world pays less for drugs because these countries use the collective bargaining power of their universal healthcare systems to make sure drug companies don’t charge outrageous, unaffordable prices for drugs. Here in Israel, the HMOs will only cover drugs that approved for the “health basket” that each citizen is entitled to. Since drug companies want to sell more drugs, they want to get into the health basket and are willing to charge a reasonable amount to be included in this health basket.

  15. Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare Government-Run Healthcare ha ha ha

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