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  •  Key point from McJoan, which, if understood, (11+ / 0-)

    should motivate more in this economy to work for public option:

    ... an essential part of lowering costs throughout the entire system.

    People have been mislead into believing that the public option would be wasteful and increase costs.  

    This story should be passed around.

    •  Absolutely -- the p.o. has been portrayed as an (4+ / 0-)

      expensive government run plan, instead of the best possible way of not only providing choice, but also REDUCING COSTS.

      It is critical to realize that in the overwhelming majority of markets, there IS NO COMPETITION AT ALL. This excellent report (pdf) clearly documents that in almost two-thirds of the nation's metropolitan areas, a single insurance company has cornered more than one-half of the market, and in one quarter of metropolitan markets, a single company has 70%(!!!!) of the market.

      There is simply no way of controlling costs in this kind of environment without a nationally available public option.

      The other point that is not emphasized sufficiently is that HR 3200 does not put the public option into place until 2013. That is WAY TOO LATE - it needs to be implemented immediately.

      "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

      by flitedocnm on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 01:28:19 PM PDT

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      •  flitedocnm, 2013 is way too late. My unemployed (4+ / 0-)

        young nephew is missing a tooth, needs foot surgery in order to work, and my brother, his dad has NO insurance, has not had any insurance for YEARS.  Exception was when he tried to insure his son by responding to one of those ads that promised exceptionally low premiums, got money from him, then folded.

        Sucks that the Repubs scream for competition but, as your link points out, they with their Blue Dog friends, insure that it does not really happen. Disgusting.

        However, we must not let that freeze us up and keep us for getting change now.

      •  Plus for god's sake (1+ / 0-)
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        The public option has always been structured as self-supporting.  After initial startup health, it must pay its own way through premiums.  Once again, a point clearly made and routinely ignored.

      •  2013???? So the next Republican president can ` (1+ / 0-)
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        kill it? If they pass it with that date it will be like not passing anything to most people. Dems will go down big time in 2010 and  2012.

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