Highlights of this day in history: Malcolm X assassinated; President Richard Nixon visits China; Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart makes a tearful confession; Steve Fossett is the first to fly across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. (Feb. 21)
Brian: I typically lean conservative, but we need a cheap, public option. The public option should provide no frills, basic healthcare. Because I am healthy, I would buy into this option. It would not bother me that wait lines to see a doctor would likely be high. If someone wants a superior healthcare product, they can go out and buy that in the private sector. But, overall costs would come down since the private sector would have to compete with the cheaper, public option. Also, companies wishing to offer insurance to their employees could bargain for better rates since they would not be forced to buy anything if the costs are to high. Ultimately, healthcare would be like education. Public and Private options. I don't see any other way to decrease costs in this space.