Steering the country toward government-run health care is hard work, y'all. Fortunately for the progressive cause, however, a handful of liberal Democrats in the House of Representatives apparently have nothing better to do:
Dozens of House Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would amend the 2010 healthcare law to create a government-run health insurance option, or a so-called "public option."
The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act, H.R. 261, was introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), along with 44 other House Democrats.
Congress considered the creation of a government-run healthcare plan during the debate over the healthcare law, but it was eventually removed from the final bill that passed in 2010. Schakowsky says bringing it back would help reduce insurance premiums.
Now, I haven't taken a close, detailed look at H.R. 261, but a "public option" is already taking root -- thanks to Obamacare.
As you'll recall, Obamacare established government-sponsored national health plans. Over its multi-year implementation, these government health plans will gradually evolve into a single-payer government-run health system ans private insurers are forced out of the market.
Public option-single payer, potato-potahto.
These liberal Dems are just apparently not into waiting for crony capitalism to take its natural course.
"Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better," she said. "The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums."
Her bill would set up a government-run plan that would provide premiums that are 5 to 7 percent lower than private insurance plans. This, she said, would "put pressure on all insurers to lower their premiums in order to compete."