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Sebelius Supports the “Public Option”

John on June 6, 2009 at 9:21 am

HHS Secretary Sebelius spoke to the Wall Street Journal yesterday:

Ms. Sebelius told The Wall Street Journal that a new public health insurance plan would benefit consumers by providing more competition in the market and holding down costs. Whether to create such a plan has become one of the most contentious aspects of sweeping legislation lawmakers are crafting to fix the nation’s health system.

In “many areas in the country, the private market is monopolized by one carrier,” Ms. Sebelius said. “You don’t have a choice for consumers. And what we know in any kind of market is a monopoly doesn’t give much incentive for other innovation or for cost-effective strategies.”

President Barack Obama reiterated to lawmakers this week that he thinks Americans should have the choice of a public insurance plan. Republicans have complained that a public plan would muscle private insurers out of the market and give government too much control of the health system.

Ms. Sebelius said about 30 states already have public health-insurance plans for state employees, and some health insurance programs for children also have a public offering. “There is a lot of evidence on the ground right now that the design can be very competitive,” she said.

Choice and competition. That’s the pitch you’ll hear over and over from Democrats, but don’t forget what Sebelius said here:

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If you think the Democrats aren’t being entirely honest about health reform…you’re right. They’re hoping you don’t notice until it’s too late.

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