A PO is a good idea, but left has lost perspective. The rest of bill–universal cov,ending discrim. based on preexisting cond. –more impt.
I’ve written this many times before but it always bears repeating. Alter is missing a very crucial aspect of the public option. “Universal cov” invariably means individual and employer mandates, and without the public option, mandates would force, under penalty of law, everyone to buy a policy from the private insurance cartels — the very corporations that have so thoroughly screwed so many people. Additionally, the backlash against such an enormous corporate windfall would amount to political suicide.
Universal healthcare and a public option are inseparable. No middle ground here. No public option, no universal coverage. Sorry, Jonathan.
Adding… I’m still not a Twitter person, so feel free to “tweet” Alter with this idea.