Let me preface this by stating that I completely support an effort to reform the current state of health insurance; any effort that legitimately seeks to introduce an environment that creates a more open and competitive market will get a resounding, “Aye!” from me.
With that said, I will not, and cannot support the reform measures being pushed in Congress, touted by the President, and expounded upon by many a celebrity. The introduction of a government plan will ultimately fail to produce the sort of competition being promised, and I have a sneaking suspicion this is just fine by them. The other factor that makes support difficult is the long term cost of the plan; if projections are to be believed the solvency of the United States is at stake.
I won’t guess at, or talk about, what I think their goals are for introducing this sort of legislation, but you know the reason is hardly related to competition when they reject the notion that allowing insurance companies to offer insurance across state lines would breed at least part of the competitive reform they’re seeking in a way that benefits businesses and individuals. Watch them weasel their way out of that conversation. It doesn’t go well.
It’s incredibly hard to pass the plan they seem hell bent on passing. The support isn’t there.
But here’s the real kicker. You absolutely cannot, and really should not, blame Republicans for the possible failure of this reform. Democrats have no excuses with majorities in both houses of Congress, and a Democrat President ready to sign whatever plan they produce.