October 23rd, 2009
12:50 PM ET
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Bob in Pa

    What's the Public option ?
    A method by which you will pay for twice the price for health care.

    Ralph: I'm feeling a little of you coming up.

    October 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Frank - Toronto

    A great public Healthcare system that America should consider is a system such as the one that Canadians have been using and it would work well in the USA. It is a system based on Doctors that own and operate their own private clinics or practices. The only Government involvement is that these Doctors are paid for their services to their patients by a Provincial government run agency.

    Funding is thru the Federal Income tax system and the revenue stream generated from this is redirected thru to the various Provinces. Federal and provincial governments have NO say in which Doctor a patient will or can select or in the decision that Doctors make to patients for their treatments. If their is special care required for the patient which is not available in canada then they will pay for the care if for instance, the patient has to got to the USA.

    However, this is a very special situation since we have state of the art medical care where Doctors used the most up to date technology.

    October 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Obama is a Socialist

    It's called another Government run program, mean while everything the Government runs is BROKE.

    Say good-bye to the PRIVATE SECTOR.

    It's the biggest dream come true for the LIBERIALS.

    America is DOOMED.

    October 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. jc

    Public Option is just going to create higher taxes on americans and more government control. Which is not what american economy needs right now.

    October 23, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Ralph Kramden,

    You best hope that psychological counseling is included in your Beloved Leaders healthcare plan. You seem to need it.

    October 23, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. MT

    Hey Lou,

    Have you researched any of the statistics on Medicare fraud?

    So you would like to expand that system/cost/fraud by 40 fold?

    Do some research next time....fool!

    October 23, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. diridi

    it is the thing that competes with idiotic insurance thugs...ok...thats what it is....idiots...

    October 23, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    Public Option equals government controled healthcare through mandates. And thats proven to be NOT a good thing.

    October 23, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. RR

    How do proponents of the Public Option explain how the quality of healthcare will be affected by nationalizing healthcare? Will it remain the same, will it get better, or will it decline? It seems if we have so many more people who will be entitled to healthcare that the quality will decline. Then again, there wouldn't be 50 million people without it.

    October 23, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. cesmess

    Ok. Conservatives say that the public option will drive out the health insurance companies. Yea right! Where are the insurance companies going to go. Mexico, Canada, China, France or Ecuador???? Really where else do they have to go?

    October 23, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Obama IS ACORN

    wow, "Ralph" you must have smoked the kool-aid too. I am going to assume that you are being facetious; no one could be this naive and dim.

    October 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Sam SixPack

    The public option is where you'll get dumped if you do get sick and start costing insurance companies more than you pay. It will be a pool of the very sick and be paid for by your tax dollars. The insurance companies complaining about it are like Brer Rabit saying, "Please don't throw me in the briar patch!"

    October 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Patrick - Indianapolis

    If there were actually a god, that god would strike pheonix86 and all other neocons with cancer and cause them to all go bankrupt. Bittersweet justice.

    October 23, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Stu

    In a word...more welfare. As bad as social security, medicaire, the VA, and every other government-ran, taxpayer-funded program is, what makes anyone think they can get it right on health insurance.

    October 23, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Jeff

    I would have no issue with the public option if it operated as a quasi-governmental agency, similar to the NJTA and/or PANYNJ (for those readers from the NJ area). Simply put, it operates on its own revenue stream that is not supplied from the government (perhaps regulated however). Essentially, it is a business without profit, with oversight by the government . It seems a fair solution. Paired with a separation of insurance from employment (obviously a job is important to pay for it, but not as a vehicle through which to get it), it could help.

    Ideally, premiums would be charged based on risks of incurring costs, as insurance premiums generally should be and are in many other insurance niches. If they are not, and no supplemental funding is available, the people whose risk of cost is less than their premium will go elsewhere. Subsidies can be used to help people who legitimately need help.

    October 23, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. marcia

    the government could care less about us.
    that's the way it is and the way it's always been!

    October 23, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Ralph Kramden,

    Please think for yourself. If he knows what he is doing he should have no difficulties explaining the details. Remember 'The devil is in the details'. Don't neglect the details, as they are what come back to bite.

    October 23, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Donakay

    Medicare is NOT lousy coverage. It is great.

    October 23, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Michaele

    Self-employed taxpayers would be among those benefiting from a public option that did not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. The public option is not a welfare plan but rather a more accessible, affordable choice for those who have been denied coverage by for profit insurance companies or who work for small businesses without health care benefits.

    October 23, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. kj

    You might as well put jam in your pockets because without the public option we are all toast.

    Lobbyist 4362 – You 0

    They won again.... search for opensecrets dor org to find out who is bought and paid for

    October 23, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. ICARE

    I find it amazing that it's okay to spend 5 trillion dollars to build a sand castle in Iraq but it's not okay to re-mold America into a 21st Century State.

    October 23, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Matt

    "I wish people would quit pushing Brack Obama to explain every little detail in the Health Care Reform package. He knows what he is doing and you should know that he is looking out for everyone. His grace is wonderful and he is the wind underneth our feet."

    That kind of thinking is just sheer idiocy.

    October 23, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Robert New Concord, ohio


    Do you think people are going to get ill because we pass Health care or just why is it you think we will all of a sudden have these long waits? Are Docors going to be required to have less education or training or just why will the quality end? Do you not realize we are already paying for those who can't afford it it but at a much higher cost because now they can be refused at the Dr. office so they go to the Emergency Room at about 10 times the cost or wait until they get infections from leaking Gal Bladder or Appendix because they put it off? Public Option means the insurance company has competition, that and opening up the markets so Insurance companies can sell insurance anywhere will bring the price down and save Medicare for the younger generations, without it we can not afford to care for the elderly so refusing to overhaul health care will mean death for a lot of elderly people when we get 10 years down the road. Health Care now is the only real solution!

    October 23, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. L Fischbach

    One difference between a public option and medicare: At 65 you have already paid for basic medicare coverage. The public option would have affordable premiums but still premiums.

    October 23, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Carlos

    Yea he had so much experience from running ah, er, I don't quite remember the name of it ah, er, but it must have been a fortune 500 company. We all are so lucky just to beathe the same air as he does, he truely is the wind beneath our feet.

    October 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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