Mandate + No Public Option = Political Malpractice
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Before DC politicians -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- impose an individual health insurance mandate without a public option, here's a Harry and Louise scenario that they had better start wrapping their minds around:
VISUAL: Harry and Louise at a kitchen table, reviewing their monthly health insurance bill.
LOUISE (shaking head): I can't believe it! They've raised prices again!
HARRY: And they still won't pay for your procedure.
LOUISE: It makes me so angry. What are we going to do?
HARRY (throwing hands in air): What choice do we have? If Congress had just passed the public plan, then we'd have another option...
LOUISE: ...and the health insurance industry wouldn't be holding us hostage.
HARRY (leaning back in chair): Instead, we're stuck with this expensive insurance plan...
LOUISE: ...and we're paying higher taxes than ever to subsidize their profits.
HARRY (leans back towards table): Congress should have gotten it right when they had a chance.
LOUISE: But they didn't, and now we have no choice.