Yay Ah! asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Is the "public option" for healthcare similar to that of the United State Postal Service?

You have Fedex, UPS, DHL, and various other private postal/shipment services, and then there's the gov't ran "option" which is the USPS.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No, it is a way of making sure people get healthcare.

    It surprises me that so many Americans seem not to be aware about Obama’s healthcare plans [a]. During the election, he campaigned for these changes stating that he felt it was unfair to have a system where insurance companies try to escape paying claims and was elected to bring in changes [b].

    First of all, too many people do not know that Obama wants to make insurance more available to all. His system is similar to that which works in Holland, Taiwan [c] and Switzerland. It works there and private healthcare companies provide most the insurance to the people there.

    FACT - the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [d].

    FACT – insurance companies admit that they push up costs, buy politicians and do not pay out for many claims when they should [e].

    FACT - the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [f].

    That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage. And no western European nation with universal healthcare has moved away from it. And the sad thing is, that the insurance companies have spent loads of money to fight these reforms [g] and loads of politicians are taking the thirty pieces of silver from them to fight the reforms, rather than fight for the health of the American people.

    Remember, I back my facts up with evidence. Those who say they are wrong tend not to. If they are wrong, e-mail me with proof and let me know.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not really. USPS had it's origins as a protected monopoly. It's most essential business is still the monopoly business of delivering door to door mail. It is also competing with other providers as a business shipping service.

    The public option won't have any base business where it is a protected monopoly. It's also important to point out that the private insurance companies it will compete with in most cases are monopolies, because they have been exempted from anti-trust legislation. Over 90% of Americans live in areas where they have only one, or sometimes two, viable insurers to choose from. This of course isn't true in the shipping business - the competitors in this industry have to be innovative in providing quality service and attractive pricing in all their markets, or they will be beaten by competitors.

  • 1 decade ago

    When Fedex can deliver a letter anywhere in the US for 44 cents and when UPS becomes as dependable as USPS, you might have a point. In the meantime I'd say the post office does a pretty good job.

  • 1 decade ago

    Its a bit more complicated than that. But look at the govt options: Postal service- almost bankrupt, Amtrak- in the red for the past 3 years, Medicare- failing, Social Security- On its way out as well. See the govt doesnt have to be profitable to keep things going like a private business does. They can keep taxing and pumping money into a failing system. However if it were a private enterprise then they would have folded.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you are talking about parcels, then yes, that is a perfect example.

    With regard to letters, the USPS has a monopoly.

  • whimsy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Actually, the Post Office is mandated in the Constitution and provides much better service and more availability than do Fed Ex and UPS

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes if the Post Office didn't exist FedEx, UPS and DHL would be much cheaper. So expect insurance rates to go up when the fed takes over healthcare.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. In fact it's similar in two ways.

    First it is competitive, so if you don't want the public option you can go with a commercial company, just as you can with delivery, you can pick FedEx or UPS.

    Secondly, it is self-supporting, like the Post Office. It is not supported by taxes. If the fed. govt. can't at least break even on it, they'll raise the prices, as they do with postage stamps. So if you don't use it, it doesn't cost you anything.

  • jonds
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You should research the USPS and how it is funded before making remarks you know nothing about.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. You don't have to use any of these services if you do not want too. I barely mail anything and barely do we ship anything. It is all electronic these days. So how is this a good comparision?

    Same with car insurance. If I don't drive, I don't have car insurance even though there is a state mandate.

    With health insurance, you will not have a option and for the first time in history a citizen will be forced to buy something regardless if they want it or not. You can also be fined and / or jailed. Is this even constitutional?

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