Let me also say that -- let me also address a illegitimate concern that's being put forward by those who are claiming that a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system. I'll be honest; there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well. But I believe -- and I've taken some flak from members of my own party for this belief -- that it's important for our reform efforts to build on our traditions here in the United States. So when you hear the naysayers claim that I'm trying to bring about government-run health care, know this: They're not telling the truth.The quote is from the President and comes from the official White House transcript of the President's comments to the AMA.
First, I'd like to know which countries he is referring to. Name one country where a "single-payer system" has worked even "pretty well". I guess you could say that "pretty well" covers a lot of territory. Sort of like saying that the soviet system "worked pretty well" at providing soap.
The President doesn't want government-run health care just like he didn't want to take over GM and he doesn't want to control the banks.
As far as "public option" not being a trojan horse for a "single-payer system", well it isn't exactly. I think it will be the cause of and justification for socialized medicine, or a government takeover of the health care industry, or if you want to use his euphemism it will lead to a "single-payer system.
Public-option is a tool to bring us closer to socialized medicine.