First, Boucher. We got this bit of news from the Roanoke Times report about his town hall meeting that took place in Abingdon the other day:
"Throughout the three-hour town hall, Boucher repeatedly touted co-ops as a better solution to the public option. Boucher said 'It simply isn't feasible,' for a public plan to pass the Senate and that he believes the debate is shifting toward embracing the co-op alternative."
So what are co-ops?
Government health care.
Here's Michael O. Leavitt, a man who, as a former Secretary of Health and Human Services, ought to know something about that which he writes:
Health 'Co-ops' Are Government CareDon't be co-opted.
Wall Street Journal
Responding to a building wave of opposition to the "public option," the Obama administration is now signaling that it may dress up government health care in yet another set of clothes. This time, it will be called a health insurance "co-op."
The Democrats are insisting that their version of a "co-op" wouldn't be government-run health care, but I ran Medicare and Medicaid as secretary of Health and Human Services, and I know this isn't true. When Washington provides the money, names the directors and ultimately pays the bills, government controls health care. Lobbyists will lobby, Congress will respond, and bureaucrats will decide who gets care, what drugs are prescribed, what procedures are covered, and how much money providers can charge. This is true for Medicare, it's true for Medicaid, and it would be true of Mr. Conrad's "co-ops."
Every American needs to have access to affordable health insurance. But we don't need a "public option" that would jeopardize the employer-provided insurance of millions—an option that employers would be able to choose at their employees' expense. And we don't need the government running a bunch of so-called "co-ops," rationing care at taxpayers' expense.
The Democrats are getting worried that the Trojan Horse they have offered in the form of a "public option" has been spotted for what it is. So now they are looking for a new way to get government-run health care through the gates.
Let none of us be co-opted by their latest ploy. [link]
Refuse to be co-opted.
Tell Boucher NO.