The big health care reform news of the day as reported by CNN, NY Times, News & Observer, Washington Post, L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal is whether or not to remove the public option from the health care reform package.
The debate over the public option has completely overshadowed the real issue: Our current health care system is broken and needs to be fixed. We cannot pass up this opportunity to develop a more efficient and more effective health care system.
President Obama is right when he says the public option is only a small piece of health care reform. If we can find a way to provide affordable health insurance to everyone who wants it without a public plan, then let’s do it. I would love to hear some meaningful suggestions from the insurance companies and other critics about how we can improve access to care without a public plan.
Maintaining the status quo is not an option. We cannot let the debate over a public plan derail the effort to reform our health care system. There is too much at stake.