October 23rd, 2009
04:05 PM ET
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Meka

    Public Option, gives you choices . . . Isn't that the American Way?

    October 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Speaking for Liberals

    Is that stupid question stupid? OR Is it rhetorical? Make a statement with your headline, not a question

    October 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    No! The public option is not optional, it's MANDATORY!!!

    October 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Beverly in NC

    Healthcare reform with a robust public option should NOT be optional for states. Ignorant and backward states like South Carollina will be the first to deny their citizens healthcare choices for political game-playing. South Carolina is a welfare state supported completely by the federal government. There are many poor people living there who are without insurance coverage. If their Republican legislature votes to opt out – their people will suffer. It will cause great inequality and abuse from state to state. Republicans are against all healthcare reform and it is those states whose people will continue to be abused by the insurance companies.

    The majority of Americans support the full public option and the support is growing every week. Why are these 5 Democratic Senators not listening to Americans? Who do they think they are to play with the health and lives of the People????? Give us what we are screaming for....does the will of the People not mean anything to these ELECTED officials?

    Vote against the public option, ignore what we want, and you will lose your seat!!

    October 23, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Obama is a Socialist

    Public Option = Your neighbors pays the BILL

    Why WORK when the Government will take care of you from the craddle to the grave.

    October 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Tony in Maine

    Congress and the President really need to stop tap dancing around trying to avoid the obvious to appease the health insurance industry and the tiny-brained folk.

    The least expensive fix is to adopt universal single payer in the model of Canada's plans. Medicare for all sounds good until you realize that with supplemental insurance, patients are billed and must pay the difference between what's billed and what Medicare pays. That can be substantial.

    Billing $300-$500 for a routine office visit, no tests, just BP and height, weight, check the lungs type visit is legalized robbery, so no doctor is going to go bankrupt being reimbursed $50. His 16 year old daughter might not get a bright shiny new red BMW convertible for her birthday, but I won't shed tears over that.

    October 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Greg, MN

    There are plenty of choices for insurance, let people purchase plans across state lines... something called portability. Even Democrats acknowlege these big, EVIL insurance companies only have about a 4% profit built into premiums thats not a lot consiedring the risks.

    A public option WILL sooner or later DRIVE UP COSTS. To its own plan and competitors.

    The public options "affordability" relies on 16 million healthy, young peopl who do not buy insurance today, paying $4000-5000 year premiums or a $600 fine. If I were young, healthy and currently not buying insurance would I pay $600 or $5000. Without this the plans cost nearly doubles!!!! TAXES, PREMIUMS, HELLO!!!!

    October 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Sandra

    MONOPOLY vs. FAIR COMPETITION ____ GOVERNMENT vs. PRIVATE.
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    _____Health Insurance and Health Care is Currently Privately Controlled. There is no Government Control. Therefore it is Monopoly of the Private Sector.
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    _____When we will have a Public Option. Private Sector will compete with Government Sector. Which will be Fair Competition.
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    _____USA is a Capitalist Country, Which mean Fair Competition.
    Socialist Countries have Monopoly because everything is Government Controlled.
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    _____Since we are a Capitalist Country. We need Both Government and Private to Compete.

    October 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. OldUncleTom

    Nothing wrong in my mind with Medicare for Everybody; though the Fed needs to take a closer look at reimbursement rates for the broader public participation.

    October 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Lynn

    Could be the insurance companies can't take the competition. With our insurance costs going sky high, follow the thread to where the additional monies are going. It's certainly not the doctors or hospitals. The profits made by insurance companies are a windfall for their stock holders, their primary concern. A public option is no different than Medicare and where would seniors be today without it? Just ask me, I have been on Medicare for 7 yrs. You can bet there's not many seniors without 2 cards in their wallet, a social security card and Medicare, both government programs and a blessing to all seniors.
    If Congress would quit borrowing from the plans they would be in much better shape.

    October 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Enough

    Public option is the beginning of the government take over on health care........don't be naive and think it is anything less. Obama is on record as saying he is for a single payer program.

    October 23, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. andy

    The public option will be your only choice when your current coverage ends because it will be cheaper for your company to pay the penalty and drop your plan. You will be forced into ObamaCare and all the govt bull that you know will come with it.

    October 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. dave wilson

    Public Option? That was our choice in hiring a president that will last for one term and screwed us out of our choice of choosing healthcare. The American way is dead now.

    October 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Carmelle

    Yeah Baby!!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

    October 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. The Party of No = The Party of Nobody

    How many times does this question have to be answered????
    YES IT IS OPTIONAL!

    October 23, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Sally Ackerman

    Hey Rick Sanchez,

    Your comments today re: that it's not new to shut out a news organization were smug and short sighted. I am old enough to remember things like "Radio Free Europe", The Berlin Wall, communist Russia, and many other things. I listen to CNN, MSNBC, and Fox! That is what makes a person well informed. As a news anchor I would hope that you would never want any news suppressed from the American public. FOX is no more biased than CNN or any other organization. I know Cronkite would never have backed shutting out the "opposition". Hey, Obama is my President. I expect him to be transparent!!! Better stand up for free speach before it's too late, young man. It is a very fragile thing!

    October 23, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Dyan

    No, it's not optional. Not if Democrats want my vote or my donations.

    October 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Bear

    The public option is an oxymoron supported by morons. Once you open the door to a public option, corporations will drop healthcare as a benefit and then you will need to support 360 million on this plan instead of the "proposed" 47 million. This is the unintended consequence of naive thinking of Barack and these juvinile delinquents in charge of this administration. They are rookies not learning anything. What's worse, is the stubbornness to win at all costs has closed their minds to the obvious damage this will cause. They would rather win than be on the correct side of the argument.

    October 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    NO. The public option is essential to our health care reform IF we really want to cut costs and expand coverage. Without a strong public option, you cannot mandate health insurance.

    October 23, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Cindy Merrill

    My brother Miles is disabled- on welfare. A few years ago he had all his teeth pulled, but the government refused to pay for dentures. Miles suffered severe stomach ulcers because he couldn't chew food very well;
    6 months later, he was hospitalized due to a leaking heart valve- the doctor assigned to miles developed a spine and told my brother's social worker that he would go the media: Only THEN was Miles scheduled a fitting for dentures, which he received 2 weeks later.
    This what a public option looks like: It is based on Medicare and Medicaid!
    So you tell me.

    October 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Rob

    If we get no public option in the state I live in, I will be considering paying any taxes as optional.

    October 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Barb

    If they settle on a "optional option" for each State to decide to opt in or out, that seems to be a very good compromise. That way, citizens will have the right to "lobby" their own States, just as agressively as will the insurance companies. Sounds like a good idea, and how could Republicans, or Blue Dogs object if they are really representing their constituents. If that is the fact, their constituents will certainly let their State reps know.

    October 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Ray in Phoenis

    Let me guess Meka...

    You don't have health insurance and want WORKING people to pay for yours. I like my insurance, and don't want my rates to go up to pay for yours. Sorry...I'll pick my own charities.

    Personal responsibility...THAT is the American way.

    October 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. How could you possibly trust Obama.....

    with your healthcare. Did you see what he and his health advisors did with the H1N1 vaccine? They promised delivery in October and we can't get it. A TOTAL FAILURE. And by the way, American children are dying every day --120 so far.

    October 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Maria - Proud Democrat

    The current Public Option is NOT the health care President Obama promised!!!

    It's taxing of the poor and middle class who cannot afford to pay for health care is ridiculous!

    The current health care plan is going to increase our premiums, reduce our benefits and tax us for not being able to afford insurance. That is NOT the health care plan that was promised.......so it's time for President Obama to live up to his promise or become another one term President.

    October 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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