Letters to both of my senators:
It is said to be unpleasant to watch how sausage is made. The current health bills, House and Senate, in comparison make sausage-making look like a precision NASA clean-room procedure.
There are many things to object to about the bills, among them the many boards, sub-agencies, and other government entities that will only worsen the delivery and cost of quality health care, and the virtual certainty that taxes, overt and covert, will rise.
The worst single thing? That would be any “public option,” however it is labeled. Government at the Federal level is neither suited nor competent to run something as complex and invasive as health care. If the “public option” is to be Medicare writ large, ask yourself how well that enterprise is being run.
And it would be merely kicking this can of ugly down the road to agree to an “opt-out” version. States should not have to take positive measures to avoid additional federal controls over their people. And, an “opt-in” approach only provides the lure of an apparently free federal lunch to state governors and legislatures. Experience has shown that most politicians are unable to resist a short-term gain at the expense of long-term costs.
Senator, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Not in our Commonwealth; not at the federal level. I urge you to vote “No” on any bill containing a public option.