Sooooo….I’m a universal healthcare supporter, but since the idea of healthcare for everyone offends the sensibilities of those who are unequally yoked to rest of us in favorable ways, we may be offered the option for a public option.
Now, I think this is a great offer. Those red states who are offended by everyone even having the option to be healthy may simply vote it down, and they can continue with the status quo–since, as we know, no other plans for fixing our healthcare problems have been offered. That sucks for the denizens of those states who choose not to carry the option, but a form of democracy prevails nonetheless. Of course, a huge light will be cast on those states that choose not to carry a public option for healthcare, but I’m sure that republicans and conservatives will be able to explain that.
Those states that vote for the option, well, the option is not forced upon anyone. The denizens of those states may choose that plan if they fancy it, and they will need to pay premiums as with any other plan–only more affordable. Now, I don’t know about you, but I would have moved to Canada by now if it wasn’t so damned cold up there, and I would surely move to a state with a public option versus one without. But that’s just me. Things like the school system, job availability, cost of living, and healthcare options figure into my cost-benefit analysis with regard to choosing a place to settle.
One of the more brilliant and positive consequence of the option for the public option is that we will all be a little more careful about who we elect to our respective state legislatures now won’t we? Does California really want an immigrant (Schwarzenegger) involved in deciding whether we get healthcare? We all know how hated immigrants are lol!