This Senator is currently inactive, and this content is provided to you as an archive. To read content from your current Senator, please use our Senator lookup tool.

Eric T. Schneiderman's Blog

Fight For A Public Option

RSS Feed

Although the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today rejected several amendments to create a public option to compete with the private insurance industry, the fight for real, robust health care reform is not over yet.

Our country's private health care system is a catastrophic failure
. The insurance industry has been thriving on the backs of sick Americans for far too long – and politicians are allowing them to do it.

A public option is critical because it would have the scale and bargaining power to negotiate lower prices from health care providers – and would push private insurers to get the same deals.

Today’s setback is disappointing, but I believe the fight for a public option is winnable. According to the most recent CBS News poll, over 65% of Americans want a health care reform bill that includes a public option. President Obama supports it, the House of Representatives supports it and a majority of U.S. Senators supports it, too. 

A bipartisan plan is a worthy goal, but we cannot be held hostage to the Republicans’ obstructionist tactics and the insurance industry’s lobbying blitz. It’s time to move forward with a budget reconciliation process that only requires a 51-vote majority.

Make your voice heard and join me in standing up for a strong public option that puts people before profits.