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Why We Need a Public Option for Health Care

Posted by MEC on September 23, 2009

The White House has released a report about the steady increase in health-care costs. Since 1999, insurance premiums in Michigan have increased 88%. And that’s the lowest increase in the nation.

We desperately need an alternative to the for-profit insurance industry. It’s literally a matter of life and death.

5 Responses to “Why We Need a Public Option for Health Care”

  1. jacksmith said

    ATTENTION!! Congress Has The Votes Needed To Pass A Public Option – TODAY

    Why A Strong Public Option Is Essential – By jacksmith – Working Class

    Robert Reich explains the pubic option:

    Hollywood Supports The Public Option :-)

    It’s not just because more than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% republicans). Basically everyone.

    It’s not just because according to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. With 79% of seniors supporting creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!!

    It’s not just because it will lower cost. Because a strong public option will dramatically lower cost for everyone. And dramatically improved the quality of care everyone receives in America and around the World. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    It’s not just because it will save trillions of dollars and prevent the needless deaths of millions more of YOU, caused by a rush to profit by the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    It’s not just because every expert in every field, including economist, and Nobel laureates all agree that free market based healthcare systems don’t work. Never have and never will. The US has the only truly free market based healthcare system in the World. And as you all know now, IT IS A DISASTER!

    It’s not just because providing or denying medically necessary care for profit motivations is wrong. Because it is WRONG! It’s professionally, ethically, and morally REPUGNANT!, Animalistic, VILE and EVIL.


    The public option is ESSENTIAL because over 200 million of you are trapped in the forest of the wolves. Which is the forest of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! With no way out except through needless inhumane suffering, and DEATH. While the wolves tear at your flesh, and rip you limb from lib. Then feast on your lifeless bodies like a dead carcase for transplant parts.

    At the most vulnerable times of your lives (when you were sick and hurting), millions of you have had to fight and loose cruel, but heroic battles. Fighting against the big guns of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! in the forest of the wolves. All because you have no place else to go. You have no other CHOICE!

    But the PUBLIC OPTION will give you someplace safe to go. And it will give us someplace safe to take you. The public option will be your refugium (your refuge). Where the wolves cannot get at you when your down, hurting, and vulnerable. Where everyone who needs it can find rest, security, comfort and the care they need. Protected by the BIG GUNS of We The People Of The United States. THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ON EARTH.

    This is why it is so critical that we do not lead another 50 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans into the forest of the wolves, without the protections of a Strong Government-run public option. We The People Of The United States MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN to any more of our fellow Americans. If healthcare reform does not contain a strong public option on day one. YOU MUST! KILL IT. Or you will do far more harm than good. And millions more will die needlessly. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    To those who would continue to obstruct good and true healthcare reform for the American people, and who seek to trap millions more vulnerable Americans in the forest of the wolves. We will continue to fight you. We are prepared to wage all out war against you, and will eagerly DESTROY! you. Time…is…UP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! No Co-op’s! No Triggers! NO INDIVIDUAL MANDATES! without a Strong public option on day one.

    Healthcare reform can be the GREATEST! Accomplishment of our time and century. A time when future generations may say of us, that we were all, AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATIONS.


    I therefore call on all my fellow Americans and the peoples of the World. To join us in this fight so that we may finish becoming the better America that we aspire to be for everyone.


    I have been privileged to be witness as many of you fought, and struggled to take your first breath, and your last breath on this earth. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Life is precious.

    Whatever the cost. WE! MUST SUCCEED.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    Things You Can Do To Help NOW!

    No Triggers!


    Krugman on heathcare (

    Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

    John Garamendi on the Public Option and the Grassroots:

    Howard Dean on the Public Option

    We’re Number 37! in quality of health care

    Twitter search (#welovethenhs #NHS #hc09 #hcr #healthcar #obama #p2 #topprog #) Check it out.

  2. Charles II said

    MEC says, “We desperately need an alternative to the for-profit insurance industry.”

    We need a good alternative to the for-profit insurance industry. We’re likely to get an alternative in the form of a second Stone Age. I wonder how many people are taking ineffective herbals because they can’t afford traditional medicine, and I wonder how many people are taking traditional medicine that’s not helping them because their doctor’s prescribing decisions are influenced by financial considerations, drug company advertising, etc.

  3. now why ya gotta go and do that, C?

    sigh. yes, there are “ineffective” herbals. but there are also many dangerous and ineffective, and expensive, blue sky drugs that far too many patients are told they must take. the ones with health insurance, that is. people without it receive far different information about what it takes, pharmaceutically, to live.

    do a little research. supplements, herbal remedies, vitamin regimens- for some health conditions there are some that can be truly useful, effective, or preventative. i hope your only point is that some poor people need real medication and can’t afford it and make do on supplements. but don’t dismiss the many medical traditions, and science, which support that some herbal and other forms of supplements can be useful and effective. that meme is well funded by Big Pharma, i’ll note. they are pushers, and they behave like it.

    • Charles II said

      I’m just a little bit knowledgeable on supplements vs. traditional medicine, CD.

      Let’s both be evidence-based people. The National Institutes of Health has a Center devoted to assessing supplements (and other alternative medicine).

      Echinacae (colds): Ineffective, but they will try a higher dose.
      St. John’s Wort (depression): ineffective.
      Gingko (memory): ineffective.
      Glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate (joint pain): Not effective if scored by the study criteria, but the possibility that it may reduce joint pain for a subgroup by some mechanism other than postulated cannot be excluded, so they’ll do another study.

      If a drug company were sending compounds into clinical trials and getting results these disappointing, it would be sanctioned (and, no, I didn’t cherrypick these examples).

      I would be the last person on earth to deny that biogenic compounds such as herbal supplements can contain bioactive compounds–most existing drugs come from or are inspired by nature. Vitamins are a perfect example of a “supplement” (if not received in adequate quantities in the diet) that’s required for life and health. But the evidence is simply not there that herbal supplements are an effective substitute for existing therapies in more than limited cases.

      If people want to use supplements, they ought to be free to do so. But they should not be using them as an alternative to traditional medicine for cost reasons. In other words, everyone ought to be able to afford traditional medicine. Further, the supplement companies ought not be able to substitute advertising for research. Then may truth and falsehood grapple in a free and open encounter.

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