Monday, June 29, 2009

Landrieu, Small Businesses, and Public Option

One of the main selling point on the public option plan as part of healthcare reform is that it will help alleviate the burden of health insurance costs on small businesses and start-ups. One of the main reasons innovative people with good ideas avoid striking out on their own to build a small business from scratch is because of the risks associated with abandoning one's health insurance.

So it will be very interesting to see how Senator Mary Landrieu, the Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, explains her sell-out on the public option plan to a room full of small business owners and entrepreneurs. She's holding a small business outreach conference tomorrow morning at UNO.

Got this presser today:

Louisianans for Real Healthcare Reform is encouraging small business owners and all others upset with Senator Landrieu area to come to the event and confront her on why she is opposed to a public option as a part of healthcare reform that will lower her constituents’ healthcare costs and increase their choices.

Note: Senator Landrieu has already canceled previous events in New Orleans after seeing the frustration her constituents have with her over this issue. Louisianans for Real Healthcare Reform urges Senator Landrieu to not back out this time and have the courage to face her constituents and explain her opposition to providing them more affordable healthcare.

WHO: Senator Landrieu and small business owners upset with her

WHEN: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

9:00 a.m-11:45 a.m.

WHERE: UNO Research and Technology Park

2045 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, La

I'd highly recommend attending. You can register for the event on site from 8-845AM.

Also some folks have decided that they don't believe this New York Times poll gauging popular support for the public option plan. I'd advise them to check out other polls on the issue that appear to confirm an overwhelming consensus for such a policy.


mominem said...

Please explain what a "Public Option" is and how it would work.

E said...

As I understand it, the public option would essentially create a public health insurance company that to compete with private insurance providers. The private insurance industry doesn't cover the nation's uninsured, drops people for preexisting conditions, and often charges exorbitant premiums.

See this report re: how the insurance industry behaves as a monopoly and not an open market.