The public option was to let Medicare compete with private insurance to let people choose whichever they preferred.
Medicare, like Social Security, has low overhead – unlike the insurance companies, which they secure by higher premiums and such. The problem is the rising health costs that the Affordable Care Act is reining in.
The highly taxed Scandinavians actually have more real income after taxes. They pay less in taxes for health care than they would for insurance! And the lower medical cost boosts the budgets of their nations! So, it’s a matter of bait-and-switch for politicians to call for more money in your pockets, meaning more for health costs for you – sucker!
And Scandinavians go on longer vacations and have other matters with which their governments help. They get their money’s worth!
By the way, if charity was sufficient, then we wouldn’t need our nanny state to provide us with unemployment insurance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, etc. The nanny state helps us to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to argue, as Gov. Willard Romney, for no real nanny state means the road to serfdom!
The nanny state empowers people, not making them idle at all! It takes away no liberty but enhances all liberties. The best government provides for the liberties, including FDR’s Four Freedoms!