... provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.It's the stated purpose of House Resolution 3200 - the bill Congress is pondering and Americans are shouting about from town hall to shining town hall meeting. Read it before you jump into a chest-pounding debate over it. If you don't have time for 1,017 pages of legislative-lawyer-speak, there's a reliable summary, posted at congress.org. If you'd rather hit the high points of contention, at least get the facts right. You could start with factcheck.org's Seven Falsehoods About Health Care. I also believe this is a wise and very democracy-grounded American opinion:
I don’t believe anyone should be in charge of your health care decisions but you and your doctor — not government bureaucrats, not insurance companies.Barack Obama said it. Read his op-ed piece from the New York Times yesterday. I'm also a fan of the public option piece of health care reform. How in the world could this be un-American?
The public option would be a government-backed plan available to consumers through a health exchange where people could buy insurance, public or private, that best fits their needs. While a public plan might require some government financing to start up, the idea is for it to be financially self-sustaining and require no subsidies. (Some) argue that a public plan would invariably drive private insurers out of business and prompt employers to drop private coverage, pushing people who are already insured onto a plan run by the government.If you're still confused about what I believe... Follow the money, my friends. Corporate America is not egalitarian. Peace.