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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Three for five on the comeback

Three of the five Oregon representatives in the U.S. House have signed onto a new effort to bring the public option back into the health care reform picture. We're oh so weary of the whole thing, but it would be something if they could get that done.

But cue Sen. Ron Wyden (R-N.Y.) to tell us once again what a bad idea it is... or he has a better idea... or anything but "I'll vote for it."

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Obama began this "health care reform" requiring every member of his administration to read Atul Gawande's "The Cost Conundrum" in last June's The New Yorker. (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande). When after a few months it became clear that Congress and special interests had gotten ahead of his best-intentioned plans, he should have pulled the whole idea back under the drawing board. Bad politics should not have been let to run over good policy, including a "public option."

I note that Brian Baird and Norm Dicks are likewise showing their true colors on this issue.

Baird is not really a Democrat.

hey Ron and Jeff
want the Public Option

We already have government-run health care. It's run to benefit the doctors and lawyers, not the patients. It's the same dynamic that gave us public schools that are expensive and poor quality: Public schools are run to benefit teachers and administrators, not students.

Free markets benefit the consumer and that's why they are not allowed in many areas.

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