Jay Rockefeller? Really?

June 26th, 2009at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Given his wishy-washy Republican sympathies on intelligence matters, this is a bit of a surprise:

“We can’t count on insurance companies. They are just maximizing their profits. They are sticking it to consumers.

“I am all for letting insurance companies compete. But I want them to compete in a system that offers real health-care insurance. I call it a public plan,” Rockefeller said.

Earlier this month, Rockefeller introduced the Consumers Health Care Act that would give all consumers the option to participate in a government-run plan competing with private plans.

Government-backed programs are big enough to bring medical costs down, Rockefeller believes.

“Back in 1993, all our Veterans Administration hospitals got together and agreed to buy prescription drugs as a group. The next week, the costs of those drugs went down by 50 percent.

(…)

“I think the anger against insurance companies is going to spread,” Rockefeller said Thursday. “But a public plan, run by the government, will make sure doctors get paid, hospitals get paid and people get good health care.

“Today, an extra 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent [of health-care costs] goes to pay private insurance companies. In a public plan, you just pay for what you get. There are no marketers, no people shuffling paper, no one making television ads.”

(…)

“There is a very small chance any Republicans will vote for this health-care plan. They were against Medicare and Medicaid [created in the 1960s]. They voted against children’s health insurance.

“We have a moral choice. This is a classic case of the good guys versus the bad guys. I know it is not political for me to say that,” Rockefeller added.

“But do you want to be non-partisan and get nothing? Or do you want to be partisan and end up with a good health- care plan? That is the choice.”

Let’s see..

  • Understands that insurance companies can’t be trusted and everyone hates them?  Check.
  • Understands that the federal government’s bargaining power will lower prices?  Check.
  • Understands that a public plan without the insurance companies’ administrative overhead will be cheaper?  Check.
  • Understands that Republicans are corrupt amoral monsters who are implacably opposed to any meaningful healthcare reform?  Check.
  • Understands that fixing our healthcare system is the morally right thing to do?  Check.
  • Understands that watered-down “bipartisan” reform is worthless?  Check.

Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Now if he can just convince the Obama administration and the rest of the conservative Democrats who still want to play ball with the anti-healthcare party, maybe we’ll have something.

(h/t mark louis, by way of Phoenix Woman)

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics


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