Way to go

Love this. I want House Dems to bring up THE PUBLIC OPTION every damn time Republicans mention the deficit. Even better, SINGLE PAYER. But this is a great start:

The public option is back … sort of.

House Democrats on Tuesday introduced the “Public Option Deficit Reduction Act,” which would provide consumers the choice to opt into a government-run health insurance plan in the Obamacare exchanges.

The bill, which almost certainly cannot pass in the Republican-controlled House, is a mostly symbolic effort meant to keep the public option alive as a policy prescription. It is sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who is on the Energy & Commerce health subcommittee, along with Energy & Commerce Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) and 43 other lawmakers.

“The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums,” said Schakowsky. “And, by providing a lower-cost alternative to private insurance, it would put pressure on all insurers to lower their premiums in order to compete.”

Citing an earlier estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Schakowsky expects it to reduce the deficit by some $100 billion over 10 years by boosting competition among insurers and paying providers at Medicare rates. The 2010 version of the public option was expected to reduce the debt by $68 billion over 10 years.

2 Responses to Way to go

  1. imhotep January 18, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    A single-payer universal health care system is a socialist-fascist program according to most CEO’s and all Republicans. According to these same CEO’s and Republicans the way to reduce gun violence is to introduce even more guns. These same master’s of the universe tell us that global warming is a hoax, war is Peace, and everybody in the 99% can, and most will, someday become rich like the them. These people are selling fairy dust and unicorns. And every Republican is either a liar or a fool.

  2. Carolyn Kay January 18, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    I just sent Jan Schakowsky a thank-you message.

    Carolyn Kay

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