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Should the Government Protect People's Health or Insurance Companies' Profits?

It's time for the government to prioritize the wellbeing of people over the wellbeing of insurance companies.

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This is why the insurers are yelling that they don't want to face "unfair" competition from a government plan. But, their complaint should be all the endorsement that the public needs to support a public Medicare-type plan. The public plan will be cheaper and better than what the private insurers have to offer. Why shouldn't the public then have this option?

We all know that the insurance industry executives and the company shareholders want to make lots of money, but maybe they should try to find an industry where they can compete. If the government can provide health insurance better and cheaper, then why do we need private insurers?

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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