something as preposterous as this:
But the dire predictions were contradicted by a preliminary Congressional Budget Office assessment of the public insurance option contained in the House bill. The CBO estimated that by 2019, just 9 million people would get their insurance from the government plan, while more than 175 million people would get their coverage from private insurers.
What will happen is this:
Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the United States just seven months after it launched.
Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.
“People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free,” said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. “I don’t believe that was the intent of the program.”
The only difference is that the federal government will never drop the program and there will be no option left for consumers. They will have destroyed the last vestiges of private health care and the government will control all of health care, whether you like it or not.
The other difference: that WILL be the intent of the program.
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