Sen. Johnson supports a public option, oh, and BTW, he is not a Nazi

I was glad to see Johnson supports the public option, and I hope he builds a fire under Steffy to support one too. We already know, Ironic Johnny is bought and paid for by the Healthcare industry, so we know what he ‘thinks’.

But, Johnson added, that doesn’t mean the federal government shouldn’t introduce a public option that he said would help contain health costs and guarantee coverage to people who don’t have insurance. Johnson, speaking with the Argus Leader Editorial Board, said he favors a public option based on Medicare, the government program for the elderly.

I was also glad to see Johnson calling out the opposition’s scare tactics and bullshit:

While the vast majority of South Dakotans are polite, he (Johnson) said, others have called him a “Nazi” for supporting health reform. “My staff tells me it is very ugly among a few South Dakotans,” he said.

Well, not sure if I would support Hitler’s healthcare plan.

Liberal Democrats in the House have threatened to turn against any reform effort that doe

All three of them? Not sure who these liberals are they speak of?


#1 Ghost of Dude on 08.19.09 at 9:33 am

The only way a public option would work is if there were no private options. Otherwise, you load the government plan up with unhealthy people who drag costs up.
Either the dems need to grow balls and try getting a true single=payer system (will never happen), or the public option needs to be scrapped altogether and replaced by the health insurance exchange and rules against not covering pre-existing conditions.

#2 l3wis on 08.19.09 at 1:26 pm

“rules against not covering pre-existing conditions.”

Good luck with that. No matter what rules they put on on private insurance, they will find loopholes. It is pretty simple, you can’t reform or regulate for profit private industry, they will find wiggle room. They need to offer a single payer system, and that’s it, and to heck with private insurance.

#3 nick danger on 08.19.09 at 2:09 pm

Johnson is not a Nazi, he is clearly now not capable of representing South Dakota in the Senate. His health not matter what anybody says is not good. Barb handles most things for Tim these days. He has served the state well, now it is time to replace himm with an able bodied and minded person

#4 Costner on 08.19.09 at 2:54 pm

Well Nick, as soon as the Republicans find one to run against him it might happen, but they need to do better than Joel “no debate about it” Dykstra.

Johnson might be partially impaired, but from what saw he was still miles ahead of Dykstra.

#5 Ghost of Dude on 08.19.09 at 8:26 pm

No matter what rules they put on on private insurance, they will find loopholes

Actually, they’ll follow the rules if they want to be part of the exchange. Otherwise, they’re out.
All they need to do is find a way to put it into the law that an insured must be covered for all medical treatments from the policy date onward. The insured pays the premium, and the company pays the claims. No weaseling out. As part of the exchange companies would offer set policies similar to medicare supplement policies and what they cover would be very clearly defined not by the companies, but by the government.
It’s not the canadian system and it’s not the british NHS. It’s the new american system. This is what I hope comes out of all this.