The public option will create competition and will help to provide affordable choices for American families. It will also allow us to greatly expand the number of Americans with health insurance, and that is an imperative.
The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.
Should Progressives in Congress kill any health care legislation that doesn't have public insurance option? It all depends. Remember that nearly 50 million people in this country lack health insurance.
It's in. It's out. Is it in again or is it out again? The public option in health care reform or the "government health program," depending on your perspective, is the "Wac-A-Mole" of health care reform.
The White House is sorely mistaken if it thinks that the public option belongs in the "nice but not necessary" category. Without it, there's little hope of containing costs or reigning in the power of insurance companies.