by TarHeel, Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 06:02:30 AM EDT
Lets face it. Most of us realize mandating people buy insurance without government competition will do nothing to control costs and will create a private health insurance entitlement program by delivering 50 million new mostly healthy captive customers. Something I might of thought was a Bush-era plan like privatizing social security.
However most of us would swallow a mandate as long as there was a government run option: what has been called a "public option".
Most sheeple want to know what's in it for them. The word "public" for many people implies entitlement programs that they reflexively don't like - e.g. it makes them think they are paying for people who are lazy, or differently pigmented etc... Americans are selfish.
George Lakoff has a column about the bad phraseology of the health reform effort. Personally, I can't stand the irony of older white folks protesting against government run health care who are no doubt Medicare recipients!
Principle 8. The American Plan costs less and does more.
HMO's are big spenders, not on your health, but on administrative costs, commercials to tout their plans, and profits to investors. As much as 20 to 30% of what you pay does not go to your care. In The American Plan, 97% of what you pay goes for your care. It's a better deal for you and for our country.
Anyhow I think mistake number one was not essentially creating a medicare for all system. People love medicare and know about it. Even GOPers won't vote against it. Reframing public option into the "American Option" is the only way to reshape the discussion.