Majority of Americans Want a Public Option. True or False?


About a week ago, house members Alan Grayson (D-FL), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Polis (D-CO) began an online petition/letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling for the passage of a public option using reconciliation. Senator Michael Bennett took up the charge in the senate with three other senators at his side.  Their bravery to stand up against a party that choses not to function and special interests groups has sparked a much needed light in the midst of darkness on health reform for all Americans.

Support in the senate (and the house) has begun to serge with 20 senators signing onto Bennett’s letter. Most recently, Senators Arlen Specter (PA) and Robert Menendez (NJ) have joined Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) in co-signing the letter. [....]

Then Senator Reid’s office issued a statement that reads: “If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft a public option that can overcome procedural obstacles and secure enough votes.” [....]

On Thursday night, February 18th, it got even better.  “Obama Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday night that the White House would fight for the so-called public option if it were passed using the reconciliation procedure.” [....]

Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, despite growing support, GOP members and conservative talk show hosts continue to proclaim Americans do not want a public option.  Ok, America, do you or do you not want a public option?  Do you or do you not want to move to reconciliation? Put your answer below.

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4 comments

  1. Colleen

    If the American public who do not support health care reform, and really beleive we have the best health care in the world, they are in for a rood awakening, they will find out that thier insurance will cost a lot more, thier helath will be governed by big business, and they to will be left out We need a public option for insurance as it is a moral issue not a privlege only for a few who can afford it…

  2. Kristine

    I am having a cervical fusion on March 1st. As if that is not stressfull enough, I get this vague letter from ANTHEM today, 6 days before I am admitted. Here is what people are in for IF the do not get on board with INSURANCE REFORM for ALL.

    “Dear Member or Member Representative,
    Anthem UM SERVICES, Inc provides utilization management services for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
    REQUIREMENTS FOR PAYMENTS OF BENEFITS
    While the inpatient admission has been determined to be a medically necessary covered benefit, in order for benefits to be paid: (1) you must be eligible for these benefits; (2) the service must be a covered benefit under your health care plan; (3) the service is not subject to a limitation or exclusion under your health benefit plan, including a pre-existing condition exclusion, work- related illness or injury exclusion; and (4) you must not have exceeded any applicable plan coverage/benefits limit under your health benefit plan.
    Coverage and payment of benefits will be determined only after a claim is submitted and reviewed. If you have any questions about this (STUPID) letter or your health benefits plan, please call the CUSTOMER SERVICE number listed on your identification card.
    Sincerely,
    ANTHEM UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT
    cc: Provider, Facility

    So, in essence, you are approved for the surgery…MAYBE. Meanwhile, we will be discecting your plan to figure out some way to get out of paying. In that instance you will received a mind boggeling bill that will leave you eating out of a garbage can and living in a tent forevermore~
    So FLOKS, get anyone you know who is against HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM, to read this section (and this is only one section) of my letter, and ask themseves if they actually think this does not apply to them because they voted for McCain/Palin.

    Well, I certainly do not feel better. Today I find out my throat will have a 3 inch slit, my esophagus, cartoid artery and muscle will be shifted so they can get at my cervical spine, leaving me with a month or longer sore throat. I will wake up in a hard collar that I have to wear for 3 months, then I will move to a soft collar. With all that stress, I now will wait with baited breathe, to see if they figure out a way to financially disable me for eternity….THE END~

    • Kristine

      I made a typo above…sorry…LINE 5 after CC” Provider, Facility is suppose to read “So Folks”…I apologize and was unable to edit this minor error~

  3. I am having a cervical fusion on March 1st. As if that is not stressfull enough, I get this vague letter from ANTHEM today, 6 days before I am admitted. Here is what people are in for IF the do not get on board with INSURANCE REFORM for ALL.

    “Dear Member or Member Representative,
    Anthem UM SERVICES, Inc provides utilization management services for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
    REQUIREMENTS FOR PAYMENTS OF BENEFITS
    While the inpatient admission has been determined to be a medically necessary covered benefit, in order for benefits to be paid: (1) you must be eligible for these benefits; (2) the service must be a covered benefit under your health care plan; (3) the service is not subject to a limitation or exclusion under your health benefit plan, including a pre-existing condition exclusion, work- related illness or injury exclusion; and (4) you must not have exceeded any applicable plan coverage/benefits limit under your health benefit plan.
    Coverage and payment of benefits will be determined only after a claim is submitted and reviewed. If you have any questions about this (STUPID) letter or your health benefits plan, please call the CUSTOMER SERVICE number listed on your identification card.
    Sincerely,
    ANTHEM UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT
    cc: Provider, Facility

    So, in essence, you are approved for the surgery…MAYBE. Meanwhile, we will be discecting your plan to figure out some way to get out of paying. In that instance you will received a mind boggeling bill that will leave you eating out of a garbage can and living in a tent forevermore~
    So FOLKS, get anyone you know who is against HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM, to read this section (and this is only one section) of my letter, and ask themseves if they actually think this does not apply to them because they voted for McCain/Palin.

    Well, I certainly do not feel better. Today I find out my throat will have a 3 inch slit, my esophagus, cartoid artery and muscle will be shifted so they can get at my cervical spine, leaving me with a month or longer sore throat. I will wake up in a hard collar that I have to wear for 3 months, then I will move to a soft collar. With all that stress, I now will wait with baited breathe, to see if they figure out a way to financially disable me for eternity….THE END~

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