If you’re trying to dissuade someone from buying something, it’s best not to tell them it’s the cheaper option. But that’s the strategy behind some GOP opposition to the “public option” contained in the healthcare reform efforts currently being debated in Washington. U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline say the option is bad for America because it will be cheaper than the health insurance currently breaking the backs of many individuals and small businesses.
On the House floor Monday evening, Bachmann railed against the public option partially because because it will provide cheaper health insurance to millions of Americans.
Approximately 114 million Americans are expected to leave private health insurance. Why? Their employers will drop the insurance because the taxpayer-subsidized plan will be 30 to 40 percent cheaper. This action will collapse the private health insurance market, and then the Federal Government will own the health provider game.
Bachmann’s statement echoes the sentiments expressed by Rep. John Kline in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Crann in late June. He also said that millions of people will flock to the cheaper insurance plan, also called the public option.
Kline: There are some things in this legislation that I find particularly troublesome.
Crann: Such as…
Kline: Well, the public option. The so-called public option. The proponents of the option say you need a public option to foster competition. But the way it’s being set up the playing field will be increasingly tilted toward the public option. We’ve seen studies already that say up to 23 million Americans would very rapidly be moved from the insurance that they have to the public option. There are …
Crann: Isn’t the public option primarily for the currently uninsured now?
Kline: Well, that’s the claim in many cases of the proponents, but our fear is that if you actually get in there looking at the legislation that it’s set up in a way that employers would increasingly opt to letting their employees move over to the public, to the public option. And because it is cheaper, it’s designed to save money, the government-run program has some very clear advantages.