Public Option Trigger

Oh my – more reading! This is the newest idea being floated by the Administration. The reform legislation would only include a public option IF after ‘several’ years the insurance industry does not implement changes that the ‘powers to be’ decide is best for us. You know this piece of legislation is going to take forever to get through reading this time. There’s going to have to be so many holes available for the public option they’re going to need 2,000 pages on this one!

This is the Democrats way of “getting the camels nose under the tent”. They must find a way to at least mention the public option in the bill and then later they will find a way to implement the option by Amendment, etc. – or in this case when the insurance/health industries do not do as told. Lord knows they’re going to make sure the ‘trigger’ will be released, on way or another.

They just don’t get it. WE don’t want a public option – we want health care reform that includes tort reform. Crap, sorry I forgot, they don’t care what we want.

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2 responses to “Public Option Trigger

  1. Mark Baird

    Remember the GOA report regarding the cost of a single payor system that we all grasp.

    Well the GOA had this to say about tort reform:

    “But even large savings in premiums can have only a small direct impact on health care spending–private or governmental–because malpractice costs account for less than 2 percent of that spending.”

    http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=4968&type=0#t3

    And of course there is Tillinghast-Towers Perrin (the company that provides risk management for the insurance and reinsurance industry).

    According to the actuarial consulting firm Towers Perrin, medical malpractice tort costs were $30.4 billion in 2007, the last year for which data are available. We have a more than a $2 trillion health care system. That puts litigation costs and malpractice insurance at 1 to 1.5 percent of total medical costs. That’s a rounding error. Liability isn’t even the tail on the cost dog. It’s the hair on the end of the tail.

    Of that 1 to 1.5 percent what portion of that is “frivolous”

    http://www.towersperrin.com/tp/getwebcachedoc?webc=USA/2008/200811/2008_tort_costs_trends.pdf (Page 10)

    Tort reform is a red herring. It is unfortunate that everyone is so willing to give up their right to sue with such a small cost to society. If that is the case then maybe we should have death panels for the elders.

    • speakmymindblog

      One problem with this scenario – it doesn’t take into account the ‘defensive’ medicine that is being done to protect the doctors from lawsuits.

      Tort reform doesn’t mean taking away anyone’s right to sue – it’s an easy fix – you lose – you pay.