The Obama/Pelosi/Reid push to take over and nationalize health insurance via the so-called “government option” has received a face-lift this week, with many advocates of the takeover now calling it the “public option,” which sounds less intrusive. [# More #] No matter what you call it, the “government/public option” will destroy private sector insurance very soon after it passes and will push tens of millions of employed and covered Americans from the insurance plans they currently own (and generally like) into the sprawling, top-down, rationing-on-the-sly plan that is just Medicare on steroids, a “public option” that will be just as broke and just as oppressive when it comes to intensive treatment of difficult diseases and conditions as medicare is.
Time’s Karen Tumulty notes that the president is still using campaign-style vagaries to describe what he is after, avoiding the clarity that will mobilize those tens of millions of Americans who like their health care and who want it to be available for them as they age. Even the AMA has awoken to the dangerous approach of a Canada-style single-payer under the camouflage of “public option.”
Spend some time this weekend letting the Blue Dog Democrats in the House or Democratic Senators up for re-election in the Senate in 2010 know that you oppose the “public option” or the “government option” or whatever else the Obama/Pelosi/Reid takeover is called. Some of the offices won’t accept e-mail from outside their District or state, but start with your own state’s members and move out from there. Every e-mail and phone call to a “moderate” Democrat helps turn back the government takeover of health care.
To call any Senate office, just dial 202-225-3121. The list of Democrats up for re-election in 2010:
Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln
New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand
Indiana’s Evan Bayh
North Dakota’s Byron Dorgan
Colorado’s Michael Bennet
Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter
Oregon’s Ron Wyden
Washington’s Patty Murray and
yes, Nevada’s Harry Reid. If Majority Leader Reid truns against the “government option,” it is dead.