Isn't the health insurance industry basically making our own case for us when they say stuff like this?
“There’s no way to run a side-by-side competition within the current structure,” said Karen Ignagni, the chief executive of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s trade association. If the unstated and eventual goal of the public plan is to push private insurers out of the way — a de facto nationalization of health care — “let’s have a debate on a government-run system,” Ms. Ignagni said.
I mean, you don't even need to do a lobbyist-to-honest-English translation. They're saying straight-up — We can't deliver as good a product as the government. Save us! Rather than justify their own miserable existences, Ignagni wants to change the conversation to whether “government-run system” is any good or not.
Come on, Karen! Stick up for yourself! Make an active case as to why private insurance is better — provides better quality, controls costs, is more humane, more efficient.
What — you can't make that case? You don't say.
PS: Howard Dean will crusade for the public option. YEAAAARRARRGH!