In Praise of the Senator from Maine
Praise for the senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe. She's not playing the injecting competition on the backs of 5% game -- she calls it what it is: a safety net.
This amendment establishes a non-profit government corporation through which a "safety net" plan would be provided in any state in which affordable coverage was not available in the Exchange to at least 95% of state residents.
Said 5% would undoubtedly draw from one or more of: older; low-income; chronic care recipients, also known as a high-risk pool.
Yes, I give Senator Snowe credit for not trying to buff a turd, the hobby horse of progressives.
Crack in the door? Well, 34 states already have held the door ajar with no evolution to "real competition" or single-payer, for the simple reason that you can't compete behind a pool of society's most vulnerable. What can they offer except to remove their unhealthy selves from your pool? It's a safety dance.
A village has called and wants its public option back.
Special Bonus at the 2:00 minute mark: see a citizen get paddled with a public option!