Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 6:20 am

Killing the public option

The Senate Finance Committee, not totally surprisingly, voted down a public option for health insurance yesterday.

Carl Cameron of Fox News, the “We report, you decide” people, said it was the first time time there had been a vote on the public option and that it had gotten beaten.

He was one-fifth of one-half right: It did get beaten. But one other Senate committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) has approved a plan with a public option, as have all three House committees that have voted on a plan.

Just sayin’.


  1. Here’s a different angle: I’ve just posted on the alternatives in the health-care insurance reform debate, assessing them with respect to federalism. That is, I suggest that we include an assessment of the likely impact on the system of governance itself. If you want to have a look, here is the link:

    You might also be interested in this NYT article:

    Comment by euandus — Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12:21 pm @ 12:21 pm

  2. You seem to be holding up federalism as a good in and of itself, which is not a useful approach to national health-care reform.

    Insurance is a means of spreading risk. As long as we have any kind of insurance other than single-payer, the more we can spread risk, across demographics AND state lines, the lower our overall average costs are likely to be.

    And on a practical basis, so many states’ health-insurance markets are effectively controlled by a single insurer that all opt-out would do is screw the citizens of those states who opt out.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, October 27, 2009 12:43 pm @ 12:43 pm

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