A government sponsored, public health care plan is a must-have for any universal health care program to work. And Congressional Quarterly tells us today that that's exactly what Republicans aim to stop:
Republicans have already begun to warn that they would oppose a health care overhaul that includes a government-run insurance plan that would compete with private insurance, fearing it could lead to a single-payer system as people drop their private insurance or employers stop offering it. As a result, Democrats may be forced to drop the idea if they want significant Republican support for an overhaul.
"I have a concern that the Congress could water down health care reform so that they're just throwing money at the private insurance companies," Campaign for America's Future Roger Hickey said. "If that happens, then we won't achieve universal coverage and we certainly won't get health care costs under control."
Polls have long shown broad public support for some form of government-sponsored health care. The idea, then, that "Democrats may be forced to drop the idea" in a Congress with almost 60 Senate votes is preposterous - and unacceptable. But clearly, this will be the major battle at the center of the health care war.