I am sick and tired of all this "public option" crap. Please! I'm an informed person who follows the news and I still don't quite get it. It is too complicated.
Just let me buy into Medicare! Why is that so hard?
Why am I prevented by law from just being allowed to buy into Medicare for some formula of cost plus?
Think about it. This would not cost the government anything. In fact, by adding maybe 10% above the cost they would come out ahead. In fact, it would help the system a great deal because anyone who buys in is younger than the people in the system now, so generally would be less costly.
This would add no government bureaucracy. The system is already set up to handle millions of people. All of the "new customer" intake procedures are already there. All of the systems for paying the doctors is already there.
Why am I prevented by law from just buying into Medicare? What is the logic of that? Except to keep a "market" alive -- people for insurance companies to feed off of.
Drop all of this "public option" nonsense. Drop all of this stuff about regulating insurance companies. You don't need a 1000-page bill. Let them do what they want to do, and let me or my company just buy into Medicare if I don't like what the insurance companies are doing. Sheesh. How hard is that to understand?
Everyone who does like the insurance companies, fine, let them pretend they have insurance -- until they get sick.
Open up Medicare! It is so simple.