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Obama's Health Reform in Jeopardy? Don't You Believe it

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http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSWEN089120090624
Obama: Health reform needs public insurer option

"The public plan, I think, is an important tool to discipline insurance companies," Obama told a White House news conference.

The United States spends some $2.5 trillion annually on healthcare, about 16 percent of gross domestic product, but trails many developed countries on important measures of health. Some 47 million Americans are uninsured and have little access to the healthcare system.

An organization representing private health insurance companies made public its blunt rejection of any state-run health plan, posting a June 19 letter to Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy on its website:

"A government plan option -- in any form -- is unnecessary to achieve comprehensive reform and would have devastating consequences on the health insurance coverage," said the letter from the heads of America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Republicans and private insurance companies have raised concerns over a public plan, arguing it would lead to a government takeover of the entire U.S. healthcare system and drive private insurance companies out of business.

Obama rejected that notion at his news conference.

"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," he said. "They should be able to compete."

Public Plan Imperiled

http://www.reason.com/news/show/134423.html
How the "Public Option" of Health Insurance Went From Inevitable to Imperiled   Some straight talk from a straight-laced federal agency puts government-run insurance on the brink Peter Suderman | June 29, 2009

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124588632634150501.html
ObamaCare Isn't Inevitable , Americans are increasingly concerned about the cost -- in money and personal freedom -- of the president's nanny-state initiatives.

http://features.csmonitor.com/economyrebuild/2009/06/23/obama-healthcare-reform-threatens-truce-with-business/
Obama healthcare reform threatens truce with business. By Laurent Belsie | 06.23.09

http://www.pnhp.org/blog/2009/06/22/the-sham-and-shame-of-the-health-reform-debate-the-charade-goes-on/
The Sham and Shame of the Health Reform "Debate": The Charade Goes On Posted by John Geyman, MD on Monday, Jun 22, 2009

http://blog.buzzflash.com/lindorff/250
Dave Lindorff: Obama's Health Reform Waterloo
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Fri, 06/19/2009

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23906.html
How Obama could lose health fight

http://takingnote.tcf.org/2009/06/obama-takes-the-ball-on-health-reform.html
Obama Takes the Ball on Health Reform  by Maggie Mahar

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