a universal public option... a national system, the feds are responsible for it.Kerrey announced his love for Britain's awful state-controlled National Health Service
Kerrey says he admires the British, the Canadian, the French, and the German health care systems... I was in England and had a little problem with my jaw and went right in and got taken care of, so even for visitors there's a provision.It's the residents who have the problem; my sister in London pays thousands a year for private health insurance, because the NHS is so bad. More about that later today. For those of you keeping a Kerrey bingo card of all the statements he will back away from later in the year, here are some goodies.
I'd federalize MedicaidHe said he is
100 percent pro-choice.And Kerrey supported the Cornhusker Kickback:
Politically, it was in Ben's best interests to vote no, not yes. So I don't see a payoff here at all, unless you think that trying to get the best deal possible for your state is a payoff. He didn't benefit from this personally; the state did.
Kerrey added that if he were responsible for writing the bill, all private insurance companies would be eliminated. The private sector would still get a piece of the action because Kerrey would set up "a national system of payment" run by private, highly regulated companies.On that final point, the insurance industry is worth $10,300,000,000 a year to the Nebraska economy, generate $413 m in state and local taxes in 2010, and supported 56,405 jobs.