"Public Option" Is A Big Deal In Health Care
Rochester NY WHAM 13 Jane Flasch
care insurance, is just that,
Debra J.M. Smith October
WHAM13.com Excerpt: Rochester,
N.Y./Washington, D.C. - A key vote on health care reform comes
Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee advances its
It is raising new
questions about whether a final bill will have a public option.
The public option is known
as government-run insurance which will compete with private plans in
order to get them to lower costs.
The plan to be voted on, on Tuesday, in the
Senate, does not include a public option.
However, there is talk of a new compromise that
would trigger a public insurance plan later--at the time the law is
It is a way for
Democrats to get a public option in the senate where it’s believed
they don't have enough votes.
The question now is whether the house of
representatives will agree to a watered-down version just to get
(D – NY) said, “If you don't have a not-for-profit Medicare-like
option to compete against the overwhelming power of the for-profit
insurance industry, then you don't have health care
DJMS Commentary: Health care
insurance, is just that, "Insurance." Would you think that you could
go without home owner's insurance; and if your kitchen burns down,
that you could then get insurance that would pay for your kitchen to
be rebuilt? Not if you were intelligent, you would not. The very
word, "Insurance," says that you are paying for something that will
"insure" you will have money for that which you may need some day.
This is, "should" the need "arise."
"Health Care Reform" is
nothing more than a nation-wide pot that everyone would be expected
to put into. Educated people would call it, "Socialized Medicine."
This is because, that is what it would be. When the whole of society
is expected to put into that which anyone can take from, in
accordance with rules that are established by a government, then
what you have is, socialism. Eventually, socialism would give way to
communism. This is when people realize that working hard, does not
get them any further than those who do not work hard. Then the
government steps in again, this time to get the country working and
to fill the jobs that need done; and it tells people, when and where
they will work, what type of job they will do, etc.
extreme liberals in our government are claiming that this is needed,
to give competition to the for-profit insurance companies. Our
government does not have the right to use tax-payer money to cause
competition for American businesses that pay taxes.
this should even be an issue, because the U.S. Constitution does not
give Congress the power to take care of the welfare of the
individual states or the citizens in the individual states.
Congress is given the power to collect taxes to pay for the
defense and general welfare of the United
It is important to realize that the constitution speaks of three
different domestic entities, the United States, the individual
states, and the citizens of those states. --We see this in the tenth
amendment, which states, "The powers
not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states
respectively, or to the
So, just what is considered the common defense and general
welfare of the United States? That answer lies in the rest of the
powers given to Congress, which are laid out in the constitution.
None of them have anything to do with taking care of the private
Another way to look at this is by way of the
English language. The conjunction "and" equates "common defense" and
"general welfare" in their relationship to "the United States." In
other words, that which is true for one, is true for the
Have you ever had trouble with someone locally,
breaking the law? If you were to call the FBI, you would be told
that your issue is not a federal issue, but rather a state issue.
This is because the common defense that Congress is allowed to
collect taxes for, and there for pay out money for, is not to be
used for individual state issues.
Now, some may say, health
care needs are across the entire country. Yes, they are. So is the
need for protection against thieves and murderers. --No state is
immune. But, the FBI will not get involved unless a criminal from
one state commits a federal crime and or crosses into another state
and commits a crime there. The same thing goes for the general
welfare of the United States. It is general and only that which
pertains to the federal care and or that which crosses state lines.
An example would be if a state was putting toxins in their water
that was running down to a neighboring states water supply. The
neighboring state could turn to the federal government for
The constitution says that each state shall guarantee
its citizens a "Republican" form of government. A Republican form of
government cannot be upheld in a socialistic country, nor can