The Obamacrats are adamant that their Health Care “Reforms” include a “robust public option.” Supposedly, its inclusion will promote “choice” and “keep the insurance companies honest.” It will do nothing of the sort. There are already over 1,300 available private options for health insurance. The only way one more makes any difference is if it can undercut and displace the private choices because it is by taxpayers subsidized.
There is already an example of how the “public option” works in the real world; our public education system is the “public option” for education. Yes, there are private alternatives, but they are costly. And the elites do everything they can to keep ordinary families from accessing them, by blocking voucher programs for examples. In this way, they keep the best for themselves while sentencing everyone else to second-rate service.
What else can we learn from the public education option?
- It is hugely expensive. The USA has the second highest per pupil spending among developed countries.
- It is massive bureaucratic. The USA spends almost twice as much on administration (unionized bureaucratic staff) as other developed countries.
- It produces an inferior product. American students consistently lag behind those of other industrialized countries.
How many times does it have to be demonstrated that anything “public” is more expensive yet qualitatively inferior to its private counterpart? Public housing. Public restroom. Public transportation. Public education. Public option. Public might as well be a synonym for “sucktacular.”