Boston Healthcare Rally
This video highlights the Boston Commons Healthcare Rally on Monday. It was a sizable crowd, although that’s hardly surprising in Massachusetts. What did surprise me was that one lady in the crowd suggested that if Congress didn’t pass universal healthcare, Representatives should be taken off their government-funded plans. Now, I think it would be very interesting to set up a system where Congressmen who do vote for universal healthcare are placed on the government option. We assuredly would not pass universal healthcare if Congress faced the possibility of being placed on the public option they advocate for others.
But after all, according to Obama, we’ll all end up on the public option soon enough. If you haven’t watched the Drudge Report’s video revealing Obama’s flagrant healthcare agenda, don’t miss out. The video shows Obama saying in 2007: “I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be, potentially, some transition process: I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out.”
In National Review, Harvard Business School Professor Regina Herzlinger reveals the change in employer-based plans in Massachusetts – the only state with a mini-public option:
In Massachusetts, for example, subsidies available only to the non-insured (for example, families of four earning up to $66,000) and relatively low penalties for employers who do not offer health insurance have already caused enrollment in employer-sponsored health insurance to slip from 85 percent in 2003 to 78 percent in 2007. Similarly, employer contributions for the payment of policies declined from 82 percent in 2001 to 75 percent, compared to 85 percent nationally, in 2007.
Of course, you probably won’t hear Obama reminding us of his ultimate end – weeding out private insurance – during his speech tonight. Nevertheless, watching Obama scramble to pick up the increasingly fragmented pieces of his non-plan might be revealing to viewers who were his ardent supporters at Monday’s rally.