As I have been watching this thing unfold, my opinion on having a public options is changing. Let me explain.
As a health care provider and a STRONG advocate of personal responsibility you would think I would be an aponent of a government run health insurance right?
Over the past 20 years, I have witnessed first hand the problems with the currrent disease care system.
Depending on a third party payor system always increases costs to the consumer without adding to the quality of goods, all in the name of being prepared in case “something bad” happens.
Since human beings are like water in that they will predictably flow towards the path of least resistence. Providing safety nets allow for, and indeed encourage, irresponsible management of the one thing of true value in this life, namely your fleshy body.
Maintaining the well being of your fleshy body is a full time job, that frankly most Americans are too busy trying to pay the bills to keep up. This is a problem with priorities.
But, if you do not spend some of your time and talent maintaining your fleshy body it will get sick, and you will be needing expensive intervention at some point. Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are very good demonstrations of this phenomena.
So when you apply the above knowledge of human behavior to the situation created by eliminating the unneccesary health insurance middle man and increasing the required effort to obtain help from the “system” you will see a behavioral adjustment towards the easier route of just taking care of yourself.
This will drastically reduce the cost of health care in this county allowing more of the wealth generated on the backs of the good people of this land to be channeled directly to the bankers.