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“Public” and “option” are mere words; what’s dangerous is the subtext

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is exactly right about what the potential Medicare/Medicaid deal’s replacement of the public option really means (as transcribed from today’s issue of POLITICO; sorry, I couldn’t find the link):

“For those of us who want a public option, we have to look at why did we want it — not the name. I didn’t support the public option because of its name. I supported a public option because of what it did. So, if we can accomplish it without calling it that, that works for me.”

Finally, some clarity. Finally, someone over there is admitting that the goal with the public option was never to “keep insurance companies honest” or to provide “true competition,” but was all along, instead, to funnel more people into a government-run system.

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