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Jun. 24th, 2009 11:53 am
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"It’s also reflected in a study cited by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and other insurance industry defenders saying that 119 million Americans would bolt from their private insurers to the public option if they were given the chance.

To put that figure in perspective, it is about two-thirds of Americans who have private insurance through their employers or as individuals. In other words, the industry's defenders say two of every three customers want out.

Though some analysts doubt the defection rate would reach 119 million, Grassley’s argument is that Americans would so prefer a government-run plan that it would destroy the private insurance industry – and that therefore the public option simply can’t be permitted.

Grassley’s fear of 119 million Americans voting with their pocketbooks against private health insurance represents a remarkable admission of failure by the industry and its backers. It says, in effect, that the industry’s treatment of its customers has been so highhanded over the decades that the industry can only survive if Americans are left with the unappetizing choice of private coverage or no coverage."


I have a LOT of problems with the way we're going about this, but I'll take at least SOME method to allow people who don't have jobs, etc to be able to get affordable health care. AFFORDABLE!

Our system is so fucking broken. And I hate the fact that we have to pussyfoot around corporate interests to try to get even a tiny little sliver of justice. Such fuckin' bullshit.

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