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.

Grayson’s Bill HR-4789, would make use of the Medicare provider Network that is already in place across the country, which is currently available to only a small fraction of Americans:

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.”

Watch it:

Source: Crooks and Liars


6 Responses to “Rep. Grayson Unveils Public Option Act: America Needs it”

  1. Joseph Pijanowski on March 10th, 2010 11:01 pm

    A majority of the American people WANT the public option! The failure of Congress to pass healthcare with the public option would only prove that the insurance industry has way too much influence.
    The lobbyists play their game well. First they outright oppose H/C reform…….then they say “we will help you write the legislation” to twist it into something which benefits them (insurance industry)…….and then they let us fight for WHAT THEY WANT! Wake up people! 41 (and counting!) Senators have signed letter to say they would vote for healthcare with a public option. Call AND write your Senator today. Thank them if they signed and demand that they sign on if they have not. It is time they honor the wishes of the people and NOT the insurance industry!
    This is not about Democrats or Republicans……it is about the will of the American people! If they do not respect the wishes of the people….THROW THEM OUT!
    Joseph Pijanowski

  2. Mike Carolus on March 11th, 2010 1:59 pm

    I have been a licensed Health Insurance sales agent for 20 years in Nebraska and Iowa. Congressman Grayson’s HR-4789 is the high road for our citizenry.
    This up or down vote must be implemented in order to shine light on the self-seekers in office who represent their own and special interests of big insurance and big pharmaceutical companies. Any Democrat or Republican holding office who votes against this simple trillion dollar saving bill is out for themselves and should be replaced in the districts the throw to the dogs by voting against this bill.

  3. Makaainana on March 11th, 2010 3:46 pm

    Thank you Congressman Grayson.

    As for those that oppose health care for 40 million folks…

    “If you don’t vote for us and a public option, we won’t vote for you.”

  4. Patrick Larson on March 11th, 2010 3:53 pm

    Yay Grayson! The voice of reason. We can’t keep doing it the way we’ve been doing it. this makes so much sense. And it would be cheaper. duh…

  5. Senad on March 13th, 2010 3:28 am

    I really like this idea.
    I created a Facebook page for it:

  6. Senad on March 13th, 2010 3:29 am

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