Schumer to Push Public Option in Finance Committee Health Bill

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) plans to push his fellow Senate Finance Committee members toward including a public option in their version of a health care reform bill.

The Page provides a brief look at his plans:

  • He’ll offer an amendment to the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill that will include a public option.
  • Calls his plan a “level playing field option” because it would be required to follow the same rules as private insurance plans.
  • Also says: “Any plan absolutely must be available to all Americans from the first day in order to successfully keep private insurers honest. So far, the co-op proposal and the trigger option don’t meet those criteria, but the level playing field option does.”

Most pundits now agree that the Finance Committee proposal is the last best chance for a bipartisan health bill.  It will be interesting to see how successful Senator Schumer’s public option push is and, if so, what impact it might have on Republican support.

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2 responses to “Schumer to Push Public Option in Finance Committee Health Bill

  1. The public option is the only one that will break the insurance companies strangle hold. But the real robber barons are still the pharmacy companies who make money hand over fist, even during the worst of economic times. Drug companies (except start-ups) are almost always a safe bet on the stock market! I wonder how well Novartis is doing? According to their 2008 annual report, their profits were over 18 billion dollars. If 2009 turns our to be a bad year, I think that 18 billion dollar cushion will help. How about Pfizer? I know they’ve been have some troubles, I couldn’t find figures for 2008, but according to Forbes, their net income in the U.S. was over 8 billion dollars. And these figures are just their U.S. profits. They’re making billions all over the world. It’s time to shut down the R&D excuse for inexcusable profit margins! Somebody is getting ripped off and it’s the American consumer.

  2. jacksmith

    AMERICA’S NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY!

    It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.

    STAND READY AMERICA TO SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

    We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

    And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

    Progressive democrats the Tri-Caucus and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and request that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

    Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

    In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

    If President Obama has to declare a NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY to rescue the American people from our healthcare crisis, he will need all the sustained support you can give him. STICK WITH HIM! He’s doing a brilliant job.

    THIS IS THE BIG ONE!

    THE BATTLE OF GOOD Vs EVIL!

    Join the fight.

    Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

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