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  •  Sorry to butt in at the top of the thread (1+ / 0-)
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    but I must tell you that Melissa Bean (D IL-8) is also citing that study as are the Blue Dogs and apparently many New Dems.

    They take the worst case scenario from the Lewin study that 120,000,000 Americans will opt for public health insurance and claim it just wouldn't be "fair" to insurance companies because it will put them out of business. No experts in health policy or health economics believe Lewin's worse case scenario will transpire under the House health reform bill as written.

    Bean's "health policy expert" staffer cited the private insurance fairness issue to me and other HCAN volunteers ad staffers on a conference call  at the beginning of June. By mid-July when we had an in-person meeting with Bean, she was still expressing concerns for what is fair for private insurers.  Moreover, she disparaged Medicare and said she is wary of a public health insurance plan because it might be as "bad" as Medicare.  This position flies in the face of extensive health services research that finds there is higher patient satisfaction with Medicare than there is with private insurers, and that access to care is better under Medicare and Medicare waits are less than under private insurance.

    •  I don't understand this. (0+ / 0-)

      What's "unfair" about giving people a choice and having them choose what they want?  If 120,000,000 people determine the public option is better for them, what's unfair about that?  If 120,000,000 people woke up next week and all decided they would prefer McDonald's over Burger King, and that put Burger King out of business, I don't understand why that would be "unfair."

      As for Medicare's being "bad," that person doesn't know enough about what people think of Medicare to be called even minimally knowledgable regarding health policy, much less an expert.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 01:05:25 PM PDT

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