Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Medicaid, he noted, has an opt-out provision, but not one state has opted out.  Public health insurance, in other words, is too popular for states to opt out."

Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican leader from Tennessee, said on the Senate floor Monday, in advance of leader Reid's announcement, (on including the opt-out provision in the Senate version of health care reform)  that the opt-out provision isn't to be taken seriously.


  1. For another viewpoint, see Michelle Malkin's blog on this issue. There are already opt-out choices for states, but the money lost if states do so is enormous. She cites the legal drinking age and federal regulations on public schools as two examples. If you take federal money, you have to abide by federal rules. If you don't like the rules and refuse the money, be prepared to go broke.

  2. I agree the financial considerations for the states are enormous. The time for the states to opt-out of a public option would be in the first couple of years before it becomes entrenched and a program the people really like. I assume they would not loose federal $$ if they didn't join or opt-out but would not share the benefits later, either. Letting each state vote would be fine with me.
    Problem is with our elected officials and the insurance money floating around.

  3. I have to agree with you on this one!

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