The tireless Greg Sargent reports that President Obama is getting ready to throw the weight of his massive grassroots campaign apparatus into the fight for health care reform:
In a major new effort to throw Obama’s campaign apparatus into the push for health care reform, the White House’s political operation is set to launch a massive new online data bank of thousands of health care stories, which will be spread around the country via Obama’s extensive email list, officials familiar with the project tell me.
I’d like to remind folks that our country has had this debate before (and I’m not talking about the 1990s). See below:
This is a fascinating intersection of politics and policy. No sane person would ever design the system we have today. It costs too much delivers, relatively poor results and leaves tens of millions of people uncovered.
It represents a failure of the market to serve the broad interests of the nation. The last time that failure was felt this acutely was in the post-War era when older people were literally uninsurable. The answer was found in the form of a public option that we know as Medicare.
Note that Medicare did not “destroy private insurance.”
An America without Medicare would be a savage place.
Hey now that I think of it, it would look much like a world that leaves 46 million Americans uninsured.
Time for a change.