Rep. Grayson Unveils Public Option Act: America Needs it
March 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The outspoken Democratic Freshman Congressman from Florida, Alan Grayson, is a strong proponent of a public option, as a vital part of any meaningful healthcare reform. And on Wednesday he did something about it, instead of whining like Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), by introducing the four-page Public Option Act, which permits Americans to buy-in to the Medicare program at cost without subsidies. Grayson’s measure is a stand-alone bill from the Senate’s health reform bill, about to be voted on by House members. And the firebrand lawmaker from Florida is calling for an up-or-down vote on his public option bill. With a lack of competition and the absence of good-faith dealings in the health insurance industry, “America needs a public option,” says Grayson.
The bill “takes this enormously valuable public resource called the Medicare Provider Network and makes it available to all Americans. We spent billions putting together a Medicare Provider Network that stretches from Nome, Alaska all the way to Key West, Florida. We spent billions doing that and only 1/8 of the population can use it, said Grayson on the House floor. [...]
“That’s like saying, ‘Only people 65 and over can use federal highways.’ It is a waste of a very valuable resource and it is not fair. This idea is simple, it makes sense, and it deserves an up-or-down vote,” continued Grayson.
Grayson pointed out that for Republicans demagoguing health reform efforts with lies about death panels; the real death panels are with the health insurance companies:
“And for those people who have it in their minds that they’ll be some kind of government death panels—–What about the real death panels that exists in this country already? The insurance company death panels. The ones that look for rescission when you get sick. The ones that top you out at some small amount of benefits when you have a terminally ill condition. These are the real death panels in this country and that’s why we need a public option.”
Source: Crooks and Liars