First the bad news: Barack Obama, a Democrat believe it or not, doesn’t believe in a single payer system of health care.
The Obama administration's Health and Human Services official, Kathleen Sebelius, said on flatly rejected the idea of the government taking over the nation's medical insurance system, saying the Obama administration does not want to assume management of health care coverage. "Dismantling the private market and having an entirely public option, a single-payer system, I think is not something that the president supports." -Newsday
The Good News: GOP rising star Rep. Paul Ryan looked clueless when it came to even the basic components of his own taxpayer provided health care coverage.
(Sebelius) reaffirmed Obama's commitment to creating a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurers --"Competition helps to promote innovation. It helps promote best practices and also can help to lower costs."
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Sebelius, "The rhetoric coming from the administration sounds good, sounds familiar -- 'If you like what you've got, you can keep it. We're going to have more choice, more competition in health care.’ But when you look at what is being advocated here, in particular a public plan option, it just seems ... you're embracing contradictory principles."
Wrong again Paul.
Sebelius responded that state governments for years have offered government employees a choice between a public insurance program and private insurance plans for their health care coverage.
"It can work very effectively, and does work very effectively," she said, indicating that such arrangements could be a model for overhauling insurance markets nationally.It looks like Rep. Ryan is taking his Congressional Cadillac health care plan for granted. What’s a matter Paul, haven’t you ever looked at a doctor bill or shopped for the lowest priced treatment?
Didn’t think so, dumbo.