Bowing to falling poll numbers and angry protests, the White House signaled that they are ready to drop their demand for a Public Option Health Care Plan. The White House signaled the possibility of Insurance Co-ops and other ideas instead.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said providing citizens with the option of government-run insurance isn’t essential to the Obama administration’s proposed overhaul of U.S. health care.
“What’s important is choice and competition,” Sebelius said today on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The public option itself “is not the essential element.”
Under a proposal by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives would sell insurance in competition with private industry, not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops operate, especially in rural states such as his own.
With $3 billion to $4 billion in initial support from the government, the co-ops would operate under a national structure with state affiliates, but independent of the government. They would be required to maintain the type of financial reserves that private companies are required to keep in case of unexpectedly high claims.
“I think there will be a competitor to private insurers,” Sebelius said. “That’s really the essential part, is you don’t turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing.”
We will have to remain vigilant and we now know that we have a voice in this process. The protests were effective at halting a horrible intrusion into our lives by the Federal Government.
Now, with a little hard work, and with the sting of defeat still smarting in the Democrats camp, perhaps we can find a sane and reasonable solution to the problem we can all live with. Ramming it down our throats is not an option.
Whatever comes out of Washington, we need to make sure Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank keep their left wing liberal hands out of it.
The American system does indeed work!