“Public Option”, It’s All In The Name

Posted on October 26, 2009


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From the Associated Press via  Breitbart:

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, seems to think that if the “public option” is given a different name, more skeptics will buy into the plan of GOVERNMENT-RUN health care. From the article:

A government-sponsored “public option” for health care lives, though it may be more attractive to skeptics if it goes by a different moniker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.

Yes, Speaker Pelosi thinks that a simple name change will change the way you think of a GOVERNMENT-RUN health care plan. Does she really think we are that stupid?  Apparently so.  More from the article:

“You’ll hear everyone say, ‘There’s got to be a better name for this,'” Pelosi said. “When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars.”

Pelosi said that was a misconception and that any taxpayer money used to start up the public option would be repaid. She also said such an option would ultimately drive down government health care costs.

So we are to believe that we taxpayers are NOT going to be paying for the GOVERNMENT-RUN health care plan?  Where does Speaker Pelosi think the government’s money comes from?  Anything funded by the government comes from the taxpayers!  Whether it be the individual, or a company paying taxes, all government money is from the people.  The individual pays income tax, and in the case of a company, it passes the cost of its taxes on to the consumers through its prices. 

So what does Speaker Pelosi think is a better moniker?

In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as “the consumer option.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi’s side and used the term “competitive option.”

Competitive option? Really?  Again, how is the GOVERNMENT-RUN healthcare plan competitive with private business when the government doesn’t have to show a profit?  When the government can artificially lower prices for premiums to the point where private insurers can not compete, and therefore end up going out of business, how is that “competition?” 

It’s time for Speaker Pelosi to go by another name, Citizen Pelosi.

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