Argument: Public health insurance is more reliable and less stressful
2009 Statement by the American Nurses Association: "What is lacking in our current health care system, driven by for-profit, private insurance companies, is the reliability and predictability of accessible, affordable care. Many people have encountered the unpleasant reality that they can be denied care when they need it most, or lose coverage when they can least afford it.Private insurers can discriminate based on preexisting conditions, health status, gender, age, claims history, or other factors. In addition, in this unstable employment market, the loss of a job often leads to loss of health coverage, as insurance becomes less affordable."
Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager for Health Care for America Now! "Three Reasons for the Choice of a Public Health Insurance Plan". May 15, 2009: "Peace of mind. A public health insurance option will always be there when you need it. The public health insurance option is your guaranteed backup, a promise that you will always be able to get health insurance and care that meets your needs at a price you can afford to pay.
Will Congress follow through on President Obama's promise? Will Congress give us the choice we need, foster competition to make the entire health care system better and hold private industry accountable, and give us the peace of mind of a guaranteed backup? They will do it, but only with your strong support.
With your voice speaking out for a public health insurance option, we can make this kind of reform - real reform that makes our lives better - a reality this year."