The Public Option is Irreducibly Complex
On a scale of 1–10, the health care reform bills currently in Congress are about a 2. They accomplish very little reform. They get rid of the pre-existing condition exclusion and little else.
This is because the Democrats suck at governance.
And using the fleeting momentum they had.
And even being aware that they are in the majority.
So now we’re stuck with reform-that-isn’t. That means we won’t get another shot at this again until 2050. Way to go, Democrats!
One thing in this disaster stands out: The non-functioning “public option”.
First of all, anything short of single-payer Canadian-style health care isn’t true reform. Everything else is just slapping a new coat of paint on a decaying corpse.
In order to have any effect at all on the cost of health care, the compromise-that-isn’t (i.e., the “public option”) would had to have been a strong, robust plan that anybody could join without restriction. Even then, it would only nudge the cost of the private plans down a bit.
Southwest Airlines has had some influence in keeping the fares of the other airlines a bit lower, but you don’t see United and Delta running the same rates. Plus, the Southwest effect doesn’t even come into play on routes they don’t fly.
The current version of the public option is so weak and restricted and useless, that very few people will sign up for it. It isn’t even Southwest Airlines on a couple of routes. It’s City Airlines, or as Tuong Lu Kim says: “Thank you for flying Shitty Airlines”.
A robust public option is irreducibly complex! You can’t take parts out of it and still expect it to function.
As things stand now, we won’t even get what tiny bit of reform the health care bill can bring us, because the non-functional public option can’t pass the Senate.
Get rid of it.
And thank you for flying with the Shitty Party.