The Blog

The Real Public Option

10:31 PM, Sep 9, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

Kill it and start over:

But isn't health care a crisis? No.

Indeed, the president acknowledged it isn't: "But we did not come here just to clean up crises. We came to build a future. So tonight, I return to speak to all of you about an issue that is central to that future -- and that is the issue of health care." In other words, health care -- unlike, say, the financial system a few months ago -- is not in a state of crisis....

And the American public isn't buying it. A poll released today shows that 49 percent of Americans oppose "the health care reform plans being discussed in Congress," while only 34 percent approve; 36 percent "strongly" oppose the plans while only 16 percent "strongly" support them. Furthermore, when asked what the president and Congress should now do about health care, 42 percent choose "scrap the current negotiations and start over from scratch" and 18 percent say leave our current health care alone -- with only 39 percent saying they should keep working to pass something "by the end of the year." So 60 percent prefer starting over or doing nothing to an Obama-style plan.

The real "public option" is to scrap the current grandiose plans and to start over. There is no health care crisis, and doing no harm is far preferable to doing real damage to a good health care system.

Read the boss's whole post here at the Washington Post's Post Partisan blog.