I read with pleasure yesterday that the Senate version of the Health Care Reform bill will include a public option. However, my excitement was almost instantly checked when in the next sentence I read that the States would hold the power to opt out of the public option. Interestingly, there was nothing more said on this topic. I find this twist to be bewildering and very unfortunate. I thought the power of deciding who would choose the public option would reside with the individual - not the State. It should be individuals and their families deciding if the public option is right for them - not state governors or state legislatures. People who live in strong conservative states like Texas may never get the chance to use a public option if the state leaders opt out of the program. This is completely wrong. Will the House bill have the same restrictions on it's public option? The public option should be available for anyone who qualifies for the program. It will be of no use to have a public option if the individual can't choose it.
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