Facts before flattery: The truth about the public option

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If a bill being debated right now in Congress could change America forever, shouldn’t the facts come first? Apparently, the answer is no for the Obama administration.

Currently, different versions of health care reform legislation exist in the House and the Senate. Instead of clear discussion regarding the ideas presented in the bills, the president has persisted with his cheerleading-style support of them, often resorting to false promises and flattery. The specific details of the bills should be discussed transparently for all to understand. Transparency —that sounds familiar.

Obama’s speeches supporting health care reform are not factual. He has been reduced to saying whatever his audience wants to hear in order to get this legislation passed. He does not mention hard details but rather increases hype for the issue.

The president flatters the legislation by saying it’s good but rarely gives facts to back up what he says. Dismissing all opposing views as lies does not make for a very transparent discussion. He has the “Trust me; this will work” attitude when speaking about health care reform. He must believe that if he just says that it will all be OK and government- run health care is going to be good enough times, most Americans will start to believe him. The sad truth is that he may be right.

The current health care reform legislation has many details, even if the president will not mention them. One aspect of health care reform legislation is the dreaded public, or government-run, option. The idea is that one more health insurance provider run by the government will increase competition among other health insurers and create more affordable insurance. This is not what will happen at all.

The public option is what most of the debate on health care reform is all about. Many say it is a giant leap for a socialistic style of government in America.

Is the public “option” really an option at all? The answer is no.

When the government, which does not have to make a profi t to stay in business, competes with the other insurance companies that do have to make a profi t to survive, the government will always win, putting the other companies out of business until the government “option” is the only one for people to get health insurance.

It will become, not optional, as Obama and proponents of the bill describe, but the government will be the one and only source of health insurance in America. People will be forced into the government system whether they like it or not.

Few in America doubt the need for a reform of health insurance; paying premiums for insurance each month is more expensive now than ever. Health insurance needs reform, not health care. America has the greatest

health care on the planet. People from other countries come to America when they need an important surgery or other treatment. Very few Americans go to other countries for their own treatment. Health insurance reform is much needed, but the current bills, which include the public option, are not the solution to the problem.

The president has stated that he is intent on a vote on the current bills in the House and Senate before Congress adjourns at the end of this year. The outcome of this vote could rock the character of America to the core.

Author: Garrett Pekar

Garrett is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major from Granger, Texas. He is the opinions page editor for The Bells. Garrett is also an RA in McLane Hall as well as member of the men’s tennis team. His hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, listening to music and playing some of his own on the guitar.

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