Is the Public Option the Answer to Healthcare Reform?

Backers say it will save money and guarantee coverage. Foes insist the health business can heal itself.


Backers of a public option for health insurance say it would help control costs and guarantee coverage for all. Opponents insist that a government-run plan would put private insurers out of business, leaving Americans with only one choice, socialized care. Can the public option work?
Edited by Steve St. Angelo


Today, when many Americans try to choose their healthcare plans, they are left with no choice at

Kathleen Sebelius

By Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; former Kansas governor

all. Health insurance premiums have skyrocketed, putting many insurance plans out of reach for working families. In many parts of the country, particularly rural areas, there is one dominant insurance company that controls more than 70 percent of the market. When Americans are offered care by their employers, they still struggle to pay ever increasing deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. In the end, millions of...



I share the president's goal of helping all Americans get the healthcare they need. I agree

Sen. Mike Enzi

By Sen. Mike Enzi
Ranking member, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee from Wyoming; Senate's lone accountant

with what the president has said over and over during the campaign and since taking office: We need reform that will bring down healthcare costs, help everyone get quality care, and allow Americans who like the care they have to keep it. Unfortunately, many of the ideas floating through Congress, like creating a government-run plan, would break the promises that the president has made. As we proceed with the healthcare...


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