“the best way to move forward is to include a public option with the opt-out provision for states.” -Harry Reid
The opt-out provision...So I guess this means states have a choice to have socialized health care or not. Does this seem odd to anyone else? IT ALREADY EXISTS! If a state wants a government health care plan then they do it. Look at TennCare in Tennessee or MHIP in Maryland. Its called the 10th Amendment.
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 people.
The bill in the Senate right now allows states to opt out of an option in which they already had that option (confusing huh?). The only addition is that the bill in the Senate comes with a one trillion dollar price tag. What does it really mean? It means that states that decided to socialize they heath care will get federal funding. That means that the hard working people in Texas will be paying for the health care of the liberal 20-something college student in the New Jersey. This is just another way to get socialized health care in the United States. I'm sure that Medicare is going to be cut across the board, to all states, even the ones not choosing socialized health care. Hmm, could that put a HUGE amount of pressure on the governor's of those states to jump on the Obamacare wagon? This is just the first tiny step of nationalized government run health care. It MUST be defeated. Once the left gets their foot in the door the floodgates open, look at the entitlement programs. I think in NJ you can now go over a year to get paid by the state to not work (unemployment). As I last recall food stamp usage is at a record high. Like I said, all it takes is for the left to get their foot in the door. We must stop Obamacare in its tracks.