Adam sez, "Online petitions are a dime a dozen these days -- it takes something special for the citizens to break through and get the attention of politicians. The folks at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (founded by Reddit co-inventor Aaron Swartz and former MoveOn.org folks) may have found it. Today, they unveiled www.WeWantThePublicOption.com featuring a new TV ad that you can sign -- which will then be aired in Washington DC on MSNBC, CNN, and the Daily Show. It contrasts the 76% of Americans who support President Obama's proposed public health insurance option with the insurance interests who oppose it and have given Democratic senators $80 million. It asks those senators to pick a side. You can sign your name as a member of the 76%, and names will be continually rotated into the actual ad aired on TV. Pretty innovative. Check it out."
We Want the Public Option (Thanks, Adam and BoingBoing)
I'm not 100% sure but It seems like we're all getting hoodwinked by this "Public Option" thing going on when we really need and want SINGLE PAYER!!!
This was clearly brought to my attention in comments the other day from a reader of this blog Mark:
You probably know already, but this "public option" thing will help some folks (10 million?) get insurance but it does nothing to control costs & expand coverage for those ~200 Million *with* insurance. It's just another layer on our fucked up patchwork system that doesn't work for the insured or the uninsured.
Add in the $300 billion price tag (we don't have to spend more money for single-payer, just eliminate the insurance companies and their profits, denials of care, advertising, etc) and it's possible that this "public option" will make it harder to win single-payer.
http://www.pnhp.org -- physicians for a national health program has a great site & talk about this
http://www.healthcare-now.org -- the national coalition working to win H.R. 676/Single-Payer... our group in Gainesville is a part of HCN.
keep kicking butts!
Thanks again Mark. I wonder if this step is the only decent choice and best/only step for now? can we hi-jack this public option thing to become single payer realistically?
make up your own mind and let's see what else we read in the comments... I'm in europe now and everyrthing seems to work pretty well over here as i've told you before from personal experience.