Thursday 03 September 2009
by: Lawrence S. Wittner, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Dr. Wittner points out that there is a successful "public option" in place for fire and police protection. (Photo: Thomas Hawk / Flickr)
Currently, there is nothing more controversial in President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal than the "public option." Much of the controversy, of course, has been generated by private insurance companies, determined to safeguard their hefty profits, and by Republican politicians, eager to destroy anything that might redound to the benefit of the Democrats. Even so, a little clear thinking on the subject of public programs might illuminate their advantages and disadvantages.