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I think I agree with Obama on healthcare and insurance

23rd June 2009

This argument makes sense to me:

“Why would it drive private insurance out of business?” Obama said of the proposed public option. If private insurers “tell us that they’re offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can’t run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s not logical.”

The Republican counter-argument I have a problem with:

The Republican National Committee released a cable-TV ad saying Obama’s insurance plan would result in “putting government bureaucrats in charge instead of patients and their doctors.”

My problem is that even now we have bureaucrats deciding who gets what treatment. We all know that private health insurance companies want to make money. Sometimes that means denying certain treatments because they are expensive.

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