Showing posts with label Public vs. Private. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Public vs. Private. Show all posts

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Public vs. Private

Industries with "public option" alternatives

Mail delivery: U.S. Postal Service vs. FedEx and UPS

Education: Public schools vs. Private schools

Personal Protection: Police Department vs. Private Security

Health Care Systems: VA and Medicare vs. Private Health Insurance

Media: Public Airwaves vs. Cable and Satellite TV

Roads: Public Roads vs. Private Tollways

As you can see, having a public option does not necessarily mean the end of private industry. However it does mean the private insurance industry will have to do a better job, with lower prices and better customer service, or people will flee to a government run health care program. A public option should be available for services considered so essential they are considered a universal right such as education and protection. Certainly the public services listed above leave a lot to be desired (don't get me started on all the post office jokes). But a public option is not supposed to represent best in class. It is just a fall back that provides the minimum level of competence to get a job done. That leaves the door open for private industry to do a better job and offer a profitable alternative. Industries that say they can't compete against a government run service aren't trying very hard.