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Public option only way

Posted: September 23, 2009 8:04 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Health care reform without a true public option is the insurance industry’s dream. A strong public option — available on day one — is the only way to keep the insurance industry’s greed in check.

Some in Washington, D.C., say that “triggers” are an acceptable compromise. In reality, a trigger is a way to actually kill a public option.

Triggers would only enact a public option if the insurance industry fails to meet standards that their lobbyists will inevitably design.

And even then, Congress would have to specifically pass a public option again. It’s a rigged game that will never let a public option see the light of day.

“Co-ops” are another unacceptable compromise. Co-ops are fake public options that will never be able to check the greed of the insurance industry.

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