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Public Option Resurfaced By House Democrats As Deficit Reduction Measure

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/public-option_n_2483499.html

A group of House Democrats are surfacing the health care public option as a way of reducing the deficit, revisiting an approach suggested by President Obama's debt commission in 2010.

According to a Tuesday statement from Rep. Jan Schakowsky's (D-Ill.) office, Schakowsky, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), and 43 other House members have introduced the Public Option Deficit Reduction Act, which would "would offer the choice of a publicly-run health insurance plan, an option that would save more than $100 billion over 10 years."

"As Congress looks to reduce the deficit, it is important to remember the one policy that could save billions of dollars is the public option. I hope that my colleagues will take a fresh look at this in the months ahead,” Waxman said in the statement.

not that this has a chance in hell of ever passing a congress dominated by the insurance lobby, but it's nice to think about

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When Toyota decided to build a new assembly plant in Canada's Ontario, despite being wooed by many American states, they opted for a location with a publicly funded health care scheme as well as high-quality public education. The idea that big government can actually help attract global business is a commonplace in Canada, but is anathema to most American decision makers. If more businesses like Toyota choose to locate their plants in welfare states where labor quality is high and costs to the employer are low, US taxpayers will have to assume more of the costs of employees with few or no benefits. Perhaps international competition is revealing that making health care a universal good is not only beneficial for society, but an increasingly attractive incentive for companies. – YaleGlobal

http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/toyota-moving-northward

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From an article related, from Nanuq's link, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/25/opinion/25krugman.html?_r=0

What made Toyota so sensitive to labor quality issues? Maybe we should discount remarks from the president of the Toronto-based Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association, who claimed that the educational level in the Southern United States was so low that trainers for Japanese plants in Alabama had to use "pictorials" to teach some illiterate workers how to use high-tech equipment.

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We just need more home schoolin'

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From an article related, from Nanuq's link, http://www.nytimes.c...ugman.html?_r=0

not surprising

i grew up in the foothills where people worship god, small government, and low taxes. encounters with functional illiterates were common.

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We just need more home schoolin'

Guarenteed the illiterate he was speaking of were the products of our glorious public school system.

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Guarenteed the illiterate he was speaking of were the products of our glorious public school system.

I suspect you are right, but then again, we are talking about Alabama.

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My boss keeps talking about at some point pushing us onto govt healthcare. I told him that would be fine but I would expect a 25% salary increase as our loaded benefits costs him around 33% I would let him net 8%.

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My boss keeps talking about at some point pushing us onto govt healthcare. I told him that would be fine but I would expect a 25% salary increase as our loaded benefits costs him around 33% I would let him net 8%.

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I wish everyone would be this smart, Serious.

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Guarenteed the illiterate he was speaking of were the products of our glorious public school system.

states rights baby.

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Guarenteed the illiterate he was speaking of were the products of our glorious public school system.

There's some bitter irony here for Alabama's governor. Just two years ago voters overwhelmingly rejected his plea for an increase in the state's rock-bottom taxes on the affluent, so that he could afford to improve the state's low-quality education system. Opponents of the tax hike convinced voters that it would cost the state jobs.

From the same article.

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what gets lost in this type of debate when people say no to taxes is they just assume its yay rich or a certain segment. not always the case.

many times, people vote no because they do not TRUST the goofballs in office, will spend wisely.

for some reason, many don't wrap their head around that.

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