David Brooks put his panic on full display today. The Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald agreed “with almost every word of it.” Our government is on the verge of passing real healthcare reform with a public plan. Ordinary people who work for a living will be able to buy insurance without buying golden parachutes for insurance execs. And people like Brooks, who favor the rich getting richer, are really spouting nonsense in the hope of stopping reform:
“Democratic health care bills… do almost nothing to control health care inflation.”
That’s totally rubbish, of course. If Americans fund public plans, we spend much, much less on inefficient private plans, bringing down the total cost of healthcare for our nation. Brooks throws up a lot of other false ideas, but most important is his false assertion that people don’t want public plans.
The [June CBS-NYT] poll found that most Americans would be willing to pay higher taxes so everyone could have health insurance and that they said the government could do a better job of holding down health-care costs than the private sector.
So the time is now to push back against the conservatives and in favor of reform. If you know someone who lives in Nebraska, Connecticut, Maine, Montana, Louisiana, or Oregon, encourage them to call their Senators to pass a public plan sooner rather than later. If you live in another state, urge your Senators to pressure those states’ Senators to support a public plan.
If you decided to read the extended text, well, here’s a relevant news item. Insurance companies are pouring money into Senator Baucus’ coffers:
Top out-of-state corporate contributors included Schering-Plough, New York Life Insurance, Amgen, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield; individual executives such as Richard T. Clark, chief executive and president of drugmaker Merck, have also made regular donations. Most of these companies, particularly major insurers, strongly oppose a public insurance option, which is favored by President Obama and top House Democrats but has not received support from Baucus’s committee.