The Case for a Public Health Plan

Jun 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Medicine

… isn’t about the uninsured. Paul Begala put it concisely on Real Time with Bill Maher last week:

(Most relevant part starts at 3:35.)

My transcript:

What we’ve really spent our money on, in this system, is trying to figure out to not cover people who have paid for their premiums.

There was a hearing last week, with no network covered, including mine (CNN). And they had witnesses, people who had paid their health insurance premium for months or years and then committed the sin of getting sick. And then insurance companies kicked them off.

And then they had insurance company executives and they were asked, under oath, ‘Will you stop doing this? Will you stop kicking people off unless they’ve committed fraud?’ Ok. Short of fraud, will you cover the people who pay their premiums?

And they all, under oath, said ‘no.’

That’s why we need a public plan. Because they’ll keep kicking you off.