President Obama’s weekly Saturday message was about health care. Sunday, HHS Secretary Sebelius hit the morning political talk shows to talk about the administration’s health care proposal. Monday the President spoke to a skeptical AMA in Chicago, and received thunderous applause.
Opponents of the President’s plan have a number of concerns.
They don’t want a government bureaucrat making decisions about their health care. The current system allows a for-profit insurance company bureaucrat to make decisions about their health care. And since they are for-profit, the motivation of the bureaucrat is to deny claims.
On the public plan option, they claim that government agencies are inefficient, which will result in higher health insurance costs. At the same time they state that a public plan will unfairly compete with private insurance companies.
They argue that a public plan option is the first step on the slippery slope to socialized medicine, which will result in Americans dying from waiting in line for “rationed” health care. The Veteran’s Administration provides “socialized” health care for those who have selflessly served our country. Does this mean the opponents don’t support our troops?
They fear a public plan option will drive private health insurance companies out of business. For-profit corporations often successfully compete with not-for-profit corporations. Banks and credit unions are a good example.
The health care reform train is leaving the station and those who are not aboard are upset.