Obama Says It’s ‘Not Logical’ to Fear Government-Run Health Care

At a White House press conference on Tuesday, Obama said: “Why would it drive private insurance out of business? If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care; if they tell us that they’re offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can’t run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s not logical.”

So his argument is, if the government is as big a bumbling fool as critics say, it shouldn’t pose any threat to the private sector. Then, doesn’t it follow, logically, that if it is run competently, it will?  But he didn’t go that far in his trip down logic lane.    But the mere presence of a publicly-funded plan isn’t the problem.  It’s the ability of this tax-supported entity to undercut private companies’ prices and influence Congress to manipulate regulations in its favor that separates it from all others in the marketplace.  It’s not a competition between equals, it’s more like David and Goliath. Is this man that ignorant, or does he just think we are?

“But just conceptually, the notion that all these insurance companies who say they’re giving consumers the best possible deal, if they can’t compete against a public plan as one option – with consumers making the decision [on] what’s the best deal – that defies logic,” said Obama, “which is why I think you’ve seen in the polling data overwhelming support for a public plan.”

But just historically, the notion that private companies can compete with an entity that has a credit line extending into infinity  defies reality.  As for polling data, the answers you get depend on the people you ask.

Taking several questions, Obama insisted to reporters that the “public option” was not the beginning of an entirely government-owned health system. Rather, it would simply inject more competition into the system, he said.

“Now, the public plan, I think, is an important tool to discipline insurance companies,” the president said. “What we’ve said is, under our proposal, let’s have a system – the same way that federal employees do, same way that members of Congress do – where we call it an exchange, but you can call it a marketplace where, essentially, you’ve got a whole bunch of different plans.”

Or you can call it my Aunt Fanny.  It won’t change the fact that a government-run plan can offer lower-cost policies to the point where private companies just can’t compete, because it can tap into taxpayer money whenever it wants to keep it going.  You really want to convince me this is the way to go, Mr. President?  Make sure that Congress and all Federal employees, including you, have to participate in it.

More of this gobbledy-gook at the link.  Mr. Spock would be ashamed.

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