Originally Posted by SDW2001
It's not a public option as you describe. It's actually much, much worse.
You don't know what a public option is. A public option is what they have in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore...
You seem to think Public Option means any government regulation or government sponsored insurance program whatsoever.
What Obama has suggested isn't even close to a true public option.
Did you know that I can go to a public hospital and get complete same-day treatment, ward admission if necessary, and all I have to do is provide my ID card? No form? And when I leave I'm presented with a bill for US$12.50?
That sure as hell simplifies the bureaucracy.
Yet still the majority of people in Hong Kong have private insurance because they want the option of a nicer ward or more specialized care or a wider choice of treatment options. Others pay full price for treatment out of their pocket because it's affordable. As I said in another thread, the insurance companies still do a great business, doctors do a great business because people can afford to visit them for a common cold, and everyody wins except big Pharma and poor doctors.
That's a public option. We can opt to have 100% government provided health care.