“No Compromise on Public Plan” by Phillip Cryan
June 30, 2009, 1:00am

Why are all the alternatives to a robust public plan now being floated in the health care reform debate – cooperatives, state or regional plans, a “trigger” for the public plan, a public plan prohibited from bargaining with drug companies – such profoundly bad ideas?

For one simple reason: they would fail to rein in health care costs’ out-of-control growth rate.

And the effects of such a failure would very likely include not just unsustainable public budgets and the eventual collapse of universal health coverage but political calamity for the party that made the reform.

From The Campaign for America’s Future.