Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage in 2010 as the company seeks to meet profit expectations. The move , HuffPost Editor Roy Sekoff argues, is the perfect example of why a public option needs to be included in the Senate health care reform bill. Sekoff appeared on The Ed Show Wednesday with Ed Schultz:
"This is what happens when you make the health and well-being of the American people a bottom line business and as you said, it's why we need a public option. And we need a strong public option and we need a public option that starts on day one, not 2014."
Supporters of the public option argue that a government program would not be driven by profits and prone to moves like the one Aetna plans to make.
Sekoff pointed out that Aetna is based in Connecticut, the home state of Sen. Joe Lieberman, a major opponent of the public option. "The crinkling of the money speaks a little louder in the ears of Joe Lieberman, and Blanche Lincoln and [Ben] Nelson," Sekoff said. "This is the problem. The influence of special interest money, Ed. It's redolent on this issue. The stink of it is powerful."