the public option con

MoveOn and the public option: trying to put lipstick on a sow.

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-06-06 16:29:06 -0400. -- GH

I just got an email from MoveOn.  Some of you may have gotten it as well.  I'll just cut to the main thrust of this email:

Since taking office, President Obama hasn't said much about a key plank of health care reform: the public health insurance option. Some worried he had backed off from his support of it.

Who would that be?  The health insurance industry?   If The Public Option passes, the health insurance industry will foist it's worst customers - those in poor health - onto the taxpayers.  They will keep the healthiest customers.  The Public Option will not be competitive.  It will have higher deductibles and copays.  Many still won't be able to afford it.

Then the right will point to it as the kind of expensive, crappy program that liberals love and use it as proof positive that a private alternative is always better than a public one.

Then you can say goodbye to Single Payer.  It would be better to never have the public option at all than to have it and lose our opportunity for real change. 

But this horrifying email from an organization I thought we could all trust just gets worse.  It, and my reply, follows.