I have been calling my Congressman relentlessly since Congress decided to go Socialist. In the latest reply from Gerry Connolly, I really got fired up. I am so tired of hearing Barrack Obama, Pelosi, Reid and all the others explain that a competitive public option will help Americans and our health care issues.
Since when does the Government have to “compete” with the marketplace?!
These bureaucrats know that the government never has to compete. But they pretend to you that it does. This oversight amounts to, in my opinion, a lie. An out and out lie. So when Gerry Connolly said it again in a response letter to me, I let him have it. Here is a copy of the letter I sent to him this morning:
I have contacted you a couple times re: Health Care. In your most recent response via email dated Monday, 7/27/09, you said in part, “With a competitive public option, we can make coverage more affordable for everyone, while maintaining the freedom to choose your own doctor and your own plan…”
This is absurd, and this is the reason that people like me are revolting against the government getting involved in health care in any way. With all due respect, this response ensures that I will not support you in the next election. I am sorry, but that’s how I feel. Here’s why…
How can a “public option” be competitive? The government has no profit motive. It can print money. The current government run health option (Medicare and Medicaid) are hopelessly headed into bankruptcy. Moreover, government has no incentive to provide quality service. So while a private health provider and private health insurance companies must make decisions based on providing high value, and do so with a profit motive (lest they go out of business) the government does not have to consider any of these things.
Employers face a decision: Dump their employee base onto the government or continue to foot the bill. What will they do?
Individuals face a decision: Continue with their current provider, or go with the much cheaper (for the aforementioned reasons) government plan. What will they do?
Families will have a decision: Continue with their current plan, or go with the cheaper government plan. What will they do?
People with a preexisting condition will have a decision: find a private plan, or go with the cheaper government plan. What will they do?
In each of these questions, the answer is obvious. And what will the result be? A massive transfer of people to a government run system. What is the result of that? My taxes going up, rationing of care, and intense government intrusion into the lives of all Americans (and possibly 18 million illegals!). NO THANK YOU!
Again, with all respect, please don’t patronize me by talking about a “competitive public option.” By definition, the government does not compete in the marketplace. By saying this, you have represented either a lack of understanding of market economics, or are outright trying to obfuscate the issue to your constituents. Either one is bad.