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Sen. Mary Landrieu, a terrible person: “I think when people hear ‘public option’ they hear ‘free health care.’ Everybody wants free health care. Everybody wants health care they don’t have to pay for. The problem is, is that we in governments and business have to pick up the tab and as individuals. So I’m not at all surprised that the public option’s been sold as free health care. But there is no free lunch.” GOODNESS.

People, such as Mary Landrieu, seem not to understand that the public option is not, as some have been proposing, “Medicare for All” — how would that make this an easier sell, exactly? — where you tax incomes or payrolls a bit more to provide a government-funded health care program to all. (Not that that would be a bad idea! But we’re clearly well beyond that debate right now.) It is allowing the government to sell a basic insurance plan at or near cost, without a profit motive. It is an important thing to include if you are requiring individuals to carry health insurance, which is a necessary step, but one that if done incorrectly could end up as a BOONDOGGLE. It would help contain costs in the long-term. It would not be welfare queens trying to take yr jobs and munnies.

Once again, Ronald Reagan is DEAD.

Mary Landrieu Is Against The Public Option, But Does She Know What It Is? [Matt Yglesias]

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