Beware the ‘Public Option’ By Jim DeMint

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jim demint

How not to reform American health care.

Jim DeMint is a Republican senator from South Carolina.

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=M2JiZWM5NDc0MGI4MjlmZjczYTI2NjgwYjNjZThiZDQ=

The plan favored by President Obama and the Democrats purports to control health-care costs by doubling the size of government health-care programs.

The so-called public option is a supposedly voluntary arrangement: a government-run insurance plan that will compete with private insurers. Supporters argue that the public option will not force anyone to do anything; it will merely provide an alternative to private insurance.

But government never competes in a private market; it takes the market over (how’s the mortgage-lending business doing these days?). The most comprehensive and reliable study of the public option, conducted by the Lewin Group, concluded that once the government enters the market, businesses will simply stop covering their employees. Whatever penalty fees they have to pay will be far less than the costs of insuring their employees.

The Lewin study estimated that of the 130 million Americans likely to enroll in the public option, 118 million will do so after losing their employer-sponsored plans. Add those 130 million to the 100 million now covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs, and we will have three-quarters of the American people dependent on the government for their medical care.

It is at this moment, in the very near and plausible future, that the tyranny of “coverage . . . provided in the public interest” will bare its teeth. With universal access mandated by law and without a competitive market to drive down costs, the only way for government to save money is by denying care to people whose health is deemed — you guessed it — not in the public interest. The only way to prevent expensive, breakthrough treatments from bankrupting the system is to limit access to them.

Every country with government-run health care rations that care. Patients wait weeks to see a doctor, months to see a specialist, and years to have routine procedures — all while they suffer with chronic illness, acute pain, and even metastasizing cancer. Unlucky patients who die on these waiting lists may be mourned by their families, but not necessarily by the depersonalized system of bureaucrats that politicians create primarily to control costs.

There are good, patient-centered solutions to America’s health-care challenges. Instead of the government-run public option, we should move toward a “personal option,” where we help individuals and families buy and own health-insurance plans that no government can take over or take away. Your health care should be administered by doctors and nurses who are focused on your health interests, not on the interests of politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.

Providing health care “in the public interest” will prove unimaginably expensive. But if the public option is ever enacted, millions of American families will learn quickly that its true costs cannot be measured in dollars.

From Demint4Senate

April 27, 2009

Hat tip: NEConservative

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34 Responses to “Beware the ‘Public Option’ By Jim DeMint”

  1. rosettasister Says:

    Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), a member of the Republican Health Care Solutions Group, discusses working with President Obama to ensure that every American has access to affordable, high-quality health coverage.

  2. rosettasister Says:

    Transcript here:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/05/weekly-remarks-obama-gop.html

    EXCERPT

    Republicans are concerned about news reports indicating that some Democrats favor a policy called a “government” or “public” option. We need to be clear about what this means.

    From my former practice, I know allowing the government to replace the health coverage that more than 100 million Americans currently have through their jobs could have devastating consequences.

    A government takeover of healthcare will put bureaucrats in charge of healthcare decisions that should be made by families and doctors. It will limit treatment options and lead to rationed care.

    And to pay for government healthcare, your taxes will be raised. That is something we cannot support, and frankly, it would clearly violate some of the principles the president himself has endorsed.

    That having been said, I want to reiterate Republicans’ sincere desire to work with President Obama and Democrats to find common ground on the issue of healthcare reform. Despite our differences, we are convinced there are areas of common-sense agreement on healthcare reform among Republicans and Democrats.

    This issue is just too important to let partisanship or blind ideology get in the way. Let’s all work together to do the right thing for the American people. Thank you for listening.

  3. rosettasister Says:

    Armed Forces Day

    “United in Strength”

    Saturday, May 16, 2009

    http://www.defenselink.mil/afd/

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  7. j.b. Says:

    http://obambi.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/so-good-it-needs-to-be-posted-twice/

    ARE YOU f’in KIDDING ME?

  8. rosettasister Says:

    j.b. Says:
    May 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    ***

    LOL! Yeah someone posted that the other day!

    Unbelievable!

  9. rosettasister Says:

    Live Hubble Spacewalk

    I’d been having trouble getting this to work.

    Go here:

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html?param=public

    Click on “Other Viewing Options”

    I clicked on Real (Captioned) and that worked for me.

  10. rosettasister Says:

    al Qaeda leader Abu Kasha al Iraqi

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/05/us_strikes_taliban_a.php

    The US has struck at Taliban and al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agencies for the third time this week.

    Twenty-five Taliban and al Qaeda operatives are reported to have been killed and several more were wounded in an airstrike in North Waziristan.

    http://www.geo.tv/5-16-2009/42230.htm

    Predator strike aircraft fired two Hellfire missiles at a Taliban madrassa and a vehicle in the town of Khaisor, which is just outside of the town of Mir Ali, Geo News reported.

    http://www.geo.tv/5-16-2009/42191.htm

    The strike reportedly detonated an ammunition dump at the madrassa, causing a massive explosion. No senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders have been reported killed.

    The town of Mir Ali is a known stronghold of al Qaeda leader Abu Kasha al Iraqi, an Iraqi national who is also known as Abu Akash. He has close links to the Taliban, a senior US intelligence official told The Long War Journal in January 2007.

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2007/01/the_pakistani_taliba.php

    He serves as the key link between al Qaeda’s Shura Majlis, or executive council, and the Taliban.

  11. rosettasister Says:

    Health-Care Radical

    Obama’s ambitiously statist health-care agenda.

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzI2OGRhNWM0MjEwMzViNzMzZGY1NzYwODk0ZjY2Njk=

    The problem is that Medicare isn’t like private insurance; the program employs price controls, reimbursing doctors at below-market rates.

    Practically, this lower reimbursement means the following: A family doctor gets paid much less to see a Medicare patient than to see the patient’s privately covered younger brother.

    Such a setup would have a big impact on a voluntary health-insurance exchange — indeed, on all health insurance.

    By paying providers less, a public option would have an advantage over its private rivals: It could charge artificially lower premiums.

    In April, the Lewin Group released an analysis of the effects of a public plan.

    The report speculates that more than 100 million Americans would leave the private insurance market.

    Lewin’s John Sheils doesn’t mince words: “The private industry might just fizzle out altogether.”

    Alas, it’s HillaryCare, on the installment plan, with the government crowding out private insurance.

    Looking to the future, ObamaCare would see many Americans, perhaps most Americans, covered by the federal government.

    The problems of government-managed health care — the rationing, the waiting lists, the cruelty — would not be far behind.

    In the coming weeks, those of us who oppose government-dominated health care need to speak up.

    There is an alternative to the White House proposals: reforming health care along the lines of individual choice and competition.

    President Obama was right to warn Americans about traveling down “the same dangerous road,” but that doesn’t mean his favored alternative path is the correct one.

  12. rosettasister Says:

    What a classy guy!

    Axelrod: Prejean is a dog

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/axelrod_prejean_is_a_dog.html

    On Thursday evening’s NPR quiz show “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me” senior Obama advisor David Axelrod made reference to Miss California Carrie Prejean as a dog. Politico is reporting that when Axelrod was asked on the show if he had helped the Obama’s choose their recently acquired dog Axelrod replied:
    “I was only called in for the final three, and one was Miss California.”

    When a senior advisor to the President of the United States refers to a courageous, twenty-one year old Christian woman as a dog it’s a sign that conservatives have finally found a crack in the Obama administration’s armor. Axelrod’s remark is also an indication of the off-the-charts sense of superiority that characterizes many of those on Obama’s staff.

    How much longer will this country be able to endure the utter contempt these progressives have for traditional American values? When will conservatives begin to stand up for this young woman and the values she is defending?

  13. rosettasister Says:

    The dog whistle that only the left can hear

    Listen here:

    Hugh talks about the ongoing torture of Nancy Pelosi lying about what she knew about torture with Columnist To the World Mark Steyn, the health care debate with Dr. Stuart Altman of Brandeis University, California’s coming rejection of new taxation with Orange County Supervisor Peter Foy, and military and national defense issues with Thomas E. Ricks.

    [audio src="http://ht.salemweb.net/townhall/audio/mp3/3a573719-8dee-4db1-a94a-7f7d7efc4c4c.mp3" /]

    Transcript:

    Mark Steyn: Nancy Pelosi is to Dick Cheney as Barack Obama is to Carrie Prejean

    http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/talkradio/transcripts/Transcript.aspx?ContentGuid=08d1de58-d3bd-434b-b2dd-c506c38ddb51

    EXCERPT

    HH: Now Mark Steyn, I love the dog whistle there at the end that only the left can hear, remember the WMD…

    MS: Right.

    HH: But it’s not that hard to say I wasn’t briefed or I was briefed. But she can’t seem to give a straight answer here.

    MS: No, and I think also, don’t forget she’s picking a fight now with the CIA. She’s accusing them of lying.

    And at the back of her mind, she’s thinking, she has to be trying to figure out well, what records do they actually have of this?

    What recordings of what was said at these meetings do they have?

    Now if this was the CIA of the, of your usual Hollywood conspiracy thriller, they would have a bug that they’d implanted in her garter belt in 1996, and so they’d know full well what had been said at all times.

    But even if one takes the view that the CIA is not the all-powerful spook agency in movie thrillers, it’s likely just to protect themselves here that they will have a much more detailed account of what they told these Congressmen than these Congressmen’s recollection is of what they were told.

    And also, there is some room for confusion here in that she claims, she subsequently claimed that she heard about waterboarding from fellow legislators.

    At some point, she’ll be asked who they were, and the bet has to be that they are Democrats. I mean, this is an inconsistent story.

    As you say, she can’t give the yes or no clear answer on it.

    And the minute it gets more complicated than that, then essentially, I think the idea of hounding good people out of public life from the Bush administration, I think that’s just going to get too complicated for them.

    Thomas E. Ricks comes in at the end of this podcast.

    Link for transcript:

    Thomas Ricks on the general shake-up in Afghanistan, and what Pelosi knew or didn’t know about waterboarding

    http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/talkradio/transcripts/Transcript.aspx?ContentGuid=e7532030-1c2f-417a-af65-46e4b9826313

  14. rosettasister Says:

    Al Gore the Hypocrite — “He [Bush] lied to us! He betrayed this country! He played on our fears!”

    Al Gore Hypocritically Attacks Cheney for Criticizing Sitting President

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/05/al_gore_hypocritically_attacks.asp

    ***

    Be sure to listen all the way through or you’ll miss him calling Bush’s detention policies “un-American,” which of course is A-OK when used by a liberal to criticize a conservative but an outrageous slur vice versa.

    Flashback: Gore Calls Bush Policies “Un-American” In 2002 Speech

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/05/15/flashback_gore_calls_bush_policies_un-american_in_2002_speech.html

    ***

    Cheney Agonistes

    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OTgwZmQ0MDZmNmU3MDNmM2M5NTI5ZTAwYzg1M2E3NzQ=

    1. If one were to say the vice president emeritus, as a matter of understood decorum, should refrain from criticism of the subsequent administration, then why did former vice president Al Gore — to the delight of much of the media — go on a virtual barnstorming crusade against the Bush administration in language far more partisan and hysterical (e.g., “He [Bush] lied to us! He betrayed this country! He played on our fears!”)?

  15. rosettasister Says:

    Tenacity from Thursday

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PatriotsHeartNetwork/2009/05/15/Lets-Talk-Liberty

    MommaE from Friday

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mommaEradioRebels/2009/05/16/Momma-E-and-the-Radio-Rebels

  16. rosettasister Says:

    MOMMAE RADIO REBELS SHOW With Special Guest, Mr Edward Allen Buck

    http://defendourfreedoms.net/2009/05/16/mommae-radio-rebels-show-with-special-guest-mr-edward-allen-buck.aspx

  17. rosettasister Says:

    General Defamation Laws of US and Texas

    http://obamacitizenshipdebate.org/2009/05/general-defamation-laws-of-us-and-texas.html

    By Linda Starr on May 16, 2009 1:49 PM

    I wish to state that it is an absolute affirmative defense to false allegations of slander and libel when one is speaking the truth.

    We have absolute and overwhelming evidence to support our contentions and that false sworn affidavits were attached as exhibits in the suit against me and others.

    I am absolutely innocent of Defamation, Slander, and/or Libel; and I will prove it very soon by publishing certain information in the proper forum.

    Further, maliciously libelous information accusing me of extensive criminal convictions, using numerous aliases, were included in the suit

    and have been disseminated extensively in false statements throughout the Internet as well as on Internationally broadcast radio shows;

    against me, as well as other allegations made against third parties.

    The responsible parties will be held accountable in the appropriate jurisdictions.

  18. rosettasister Says:

    Exclusive: Let’s Declassify Obama’s Birth Certificate Along With the ‘Torture’ Memos

    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.3088/pub_detail.asp

  19. rosettasister Says:

    Ron Polarik

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2040486/posts?page=7696#7696

    To: Beckwith; null and void; stockpirate; pissant; PhilDragoo; Candor7; MeekOneGOP; Myrddin; …

    As I’ve said before, a telephone call by Madelyn Dunham to both of these newspapers, or a personal appearance at them, was all that would have needed to get these birth announcements published in 1961.

    However, there is also a better than even probability that the original microfilm was replaced with microfilm taken of a forged newspaper printout.

    I don’t think that the microfilm was spliced because the type and typesetting is also off.

    I’ve explored all sides of the birth announcement debate, and my conclusion still comes down to “Big Woof!!!”

    THAT being said, however, the sudden “revelation” of this birth announcement, after questions about the autheticity of ZERO’s COLB had been raised, and one which has a false address, coupled with the fact that no birth announcement for the Nordyke twins appears anywhere in either paper, is enough to warrant its own investigation.

    Anyone who insists that these birth announcements could ONLY have come directly from Vital Records and nowhere else is either ignorant of the ways things are actually done, or is deliberately lying.

    I spoke with the editors of both papers. I spoke with the Head of Vital Records.

    All of them confirmed that family members were ALWAYS permitted to submit birth announcements directly to the newspaper, and that they were NEVER crosschecked with official Vital Records.

    The reason is, “Why?” There is absolutely no need to verify them. A birth announcment is not a legal document and cannot be used in any probative way.

    It is a total nonissue in comparison to fabricating a government-issued birth certificate.

    You can go to jail for doing that, but there’s no penalty for placing a false birth announcement. It is not a case of false advertising. It is not identity theft.

    But, even a child can see the connection between the less-than-authentic BC and this less-than-authentic birth announcement.

    7,696 posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 7:56:55 AM by Polarik

  20. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistan closes in on Swat capital

    http://news.id.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3318449

    The military said troops were approaching Mingora, capital of Swat, to intercept militants trying to flee what residents believe is an imminent military offensive to re-take control of the city held by Islamist fighters.

    “Security forces are getting closer to Mingora city to isolate and block the movement of fleeing terrorists,” spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told a news conference updating reporters on the 21-day offensive in the northwest.

  21. rosettasister Says:

    Troops close in on Mingora

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/17-May-2009/Troops-close-in-on-Mingora

    Major General Abbas said that all the resources including ammunition used against the terrorists were indigenous.

    He revealed that some 23 foreign terrorists had also been killed during the operation.

    “They belonged to the countries bordering Afghanistan,” he said, adding that terrorists were being supplied arms, ammunition and equipment by those countries.

    The ISPR DG told a questioner that the security forces had prepared a list of leaders of terrorists including Maulana Fazalullah and they would be taken to task accordingly.

    He said Pakistan Army would continue to stay in the area till the menace of terrorism was uprooted and the writ of government was restored fully.

    “Army troops will remain in the area till the civil administration is restored to its positions and the civilian population is back to their homes to lead a peaceful life,” he added.

  22. rosettasister Says:

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  24. rosettasister Says:

    A climate solution that’s out of this world

    http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/05/14/14greenwire-a-climate-solution-thats-out-of-this-world-19116.html

    Lobbyist Stephen Bassett

    http://www.exopoliticsinstitute.org/

    “The UFO phenomenon is real,” Bassett said. “The E.T. extraterrestrial presence is real.”

    Bassett’s been lobbying about seven months, targeting the science and technology, and defense and aviation angles. He added energy to his portfolio in a Senate filing last week.

    He has spoken to lawmakers in the past, Bassett said, but he’s writing off lobbying Congress for now, calling the extraterrestrial issue “the third rail” of politics. Besides, he and other believers have a bigger name on their list.

    “Knowing that Congress could not act,” Bassett said, “what we did was focus on the executive branch, the White House.”

  25. rosettasister Says:

    Obama warns Netanyahu: Don’t surprise me with Iran strike

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1085466.html

  26. rosettasister Says:

    The case of too many Lisa(s)!!!

    So Calpernia at the Free Republic IS Lisa Ostella.

    http://209.157.64.201/tag/politics-bloggers/index?tab=comments

    I’m not Lisa Liberi. I’m Lisa Ostella. You posted who I was in your own pasting on this thread. Liberi works for Phil Berg. I was Orly Taitz’s webmaster

    And this is her website:

    http://defendourfreedoms.net/categories/DrOrly.aspx

    And the last I checked there were (2) Lisa Liberi and DrOrly maybe got them mixed up?

    Just asking!

  27. rosettasister Says:

    I’m so proud of where my son, Patrick, takes his students.

    Bravissimo!

    Even more moving considering our recent loss of Cindy.

  28. rosettasister Says:

    Here’s Pat’s music, again.

    I like to listen while I’m working out on my new (used) rowing machine!

    Cheap thrills!

    http://www.myspace.com/koostapo

  29. ryansgrammy Says:

    I just got back home from visiting my mom (she broke her hip Thursday a.m.) and I was so sad to see the news about Cindy. How very tragic and what a shock. Like others, I assumed her absence was because she was working on her wedding. She was a great part of Rose’s gang and I will miss her wisdom and energy.

  30. rosettasister Says:

    ryansgrammy Says:
    May 17, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Oh, grammy!

    We’re all at a loss!

  31. rosettasister Says:

    New Thread:

    https://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/jen-chapin-america%E2%80%99s-songstress/

  32. j.b. Says:

    I’m not Lisa Liberi. I’m Lisa Ostella. You posted who I was in your own pasting on this thread. Liberi works for Phil Berg. I was Orly Taitz’s webmaster

    And this is her website:

    //defendourfreedoms.net/categories/DrOrly.aspx

    And the last I checked there were (2) Lisa Liberi and DrOrly maybe got them mixed up?

    Just asking!

    *****************************************

    THIS IS ORLY’S WEBSITE! The one posted earlier by Lisa Whomever is the one SHE hijacked from ORLY, as her webmaster!
    IIRC.

    http://www.repubx.com/

  33. rosettasister Says:

    That’s what I meant, j.b.

    This is Lisa Ostella’s website:

    http://defendourfreedoms.net/categories/DrOrly.aspx

  34. rosettasister Says:

    ***

    New Thread:

    https://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/jen-chapin-america%E2%80%99s-songstress/

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