Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Meeting" today to discuss his New York Times op-ed on how to improve the flawed health care reform bills currently making their way through Congress. Wyden says his proposal would force the insurance companies to be exposed to competition, thereby offering people real choices when it comes to picking their health insurance:
The bills that being written here on Capitol Hill not only don't give people choices like members of Congress, they don't give any choices at all. By law they are going to barred from holding insurance companies accountable.
Host Dylan Ratigan asked why anyone in D.C. wouldn't want to "unleash the natural forces of competition in health insurance." Wyden pointed the finger at the insurance lobby: "Ultimately the status-quo caucus led by the powerful insurance interests don't want this kind of competition."
Health policy Guru Ezra Klein also joined the debate and proclaimed himself a fan of Wyden's proposal.