Medicare Part E


One of the most interesting conversations going around today is the talk about rebranding the concept of a Public Option regarding health care reform.

It’s easy to understand why. The term “Public Option”, a worthy phrase whenparte introduced last year, was meant to convey the thought of health care coverage for everyone who doesn’t have it.

Unfortunately, after months and months of unsubstantiated right wing attacks and claims of socialism, tyranny, and so on the phrase has taken on a new, and more disturbing connotation at the hands of the Republican Party, the tea party crowd, and various right wing Obama haters in the Fox media group and elsewhere.

Rather than allowing this to continue, isn’t it time to come up with a new name for health care reform for all?

From The Hill:

House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option.

The strategy could benefit Democrats struggling to bridge the gap between liberals in their party, who want the public option, and centrists, who are worried it would drive private insurers out of business.

While much of the public is foggy on what a public option actually is, people understand Medicare. It also would place the new public option within the rubric of a familiar system rather than something new and unknown.

The idea has bubbled up among House Democrats and leaders in the past week, most prominently in a caucus meeting last Thursday.

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) spoke out last week in favor of re-branding the public option as Medicare, startling many because he has loudly proclaimed his opposition to a public option.

Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), the veteran chairman of the House Transportation Committee, also voiced his support, as did House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

John Schadl, a spokesman for Oberstar, explained the congressman likes the idea because people are familiar with Medicare.

What a great idea! Medicare itself has garnered a reputation as government healthcare at it’s finest…even to the point of Americans forgetting what it actually is. Remember these comments from a town hall protester?

Keep your goddam hands off my Medicare!

It’s not a new issue or idea, but it’s definitely one whose time has come.

Welcome to Medicare, Part E

For Everybody

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  1. October 21, 2009
    CNN Poll: 61% Favor Public Option
    The 61% of Americans in favor of the public option is up 5 points since late August.

    OCTOBER 20, 2009,
    Fifty-seven percent of Americans now favor a public insurance option, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, up from 52% in mid-August

    October 21, 2009
    50 percent said they trust Obama more to deal with major health care changes, while 34 percent picked congressional Republicans.

    10-20-09 09:18 AM
    Only 19% trust Republicans in Congress to make the right decisions for the country’s future — compared to 49% trust in Obama.
    Only 20 percent of respondents identified themselves as Republicans

    10/19/2009
    Which of these would you prefer –- (a plan that includes some form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can’t get affordable private insurance, but is approved without support from Republicans in Congress); or

    (a plan that is approved with support from Republicans in Congress, but does not include any form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can’t get affordable private insurance)?

    Prefer government-sponsored insurance: 51%

    Prefer Republican support: 37%

    Now that they’re finally labeling it something the people can understand, it will be interesting to see the polls rise to a level that even the Dems can’t not support it.. even blue dogs like Mike Ross will support medicare part e

    *** I — speaking only on behalf of myself — suggested one possible idea could be that instead of creating an entirely new government bureaucracy to administer a public option, Medicare could be offered as a choice to compete alongside private insurers for those Americans eligible to enter the national health insurance exchange, but at a reimbursement rate much greater than current Medicare rates***
    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/63281-leading-blue-dog-suggests-opening-medicare-to-all

    and since there’s no ammo left for the GOP to use.. and only 20% of the population now identifies themselves as being GOP.. with only 19% even trusting the GOP to make the right decisions.. I can’t wait to see what their new ‘death panel’ scare tactic is..

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