I find it very interesting that in the controversy surrounding the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation about when a woman should get a mammogram it hasn’t occurred to anyone that this is a perfect example of why we need a public health care option. As soon as the new suggested guidelines were released there was a huge public out cry against the task force’s report and within days members of the administration were walking back from the report. Now let’s suppose we were not in the middle of the health care debate. This shows exactly why we need a public option, had this matter be left to the board room instead of the public forum what recourse would the public have? Very little I suspect. I for one would much rather have these decisions left to people directly answerable to the voting public then a bunch of over paid CEOs who are only answerable to the shareholders and their own wallets.