INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - One of the more controversial parts of President Barack Obama'shealth care proposal is a so-called "public option" for healthinsurance.
Some say it's necessary to provide more competition for privateinsurers, while others say it's too much governmentinvolvement.
24-Hour News 8 spoke with one Indianapolis woman with insurance.Jennifer Rhor doesn't see a great need for change.
"I feel like my insurance covers what we need for now.Prescriptions and things like that are a little bit high, but Ifeel like I'm pretty well covered for right now," said Rhor.
But another Hoosier Shalonda Brown has no insurance.
"If an emergency arises, I'll go to the emergency room," shesaid. "Other than that, unless I have a sharp pain or somethingwhere it's killing me, other than that I'll have to ignore itbecause I can't just call the doctor and make an appointment."
Brown might benefit from Obama's proposal for a public optionfor health insurance.
"This public option is to provide, by the federal government, anoption to individuals to get their insurance from the federalgovernment as opposed to private insurers," said Professor WilliamRieber of Butler University. "The idea being it would instill morecompetition and insurance would be lower cost."
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Is it government overreach into the private sector, ornecessary to bring down costs?
Rieber said two factors can help individuals decide where theystand.
"First, your own individual experience in the health care systemand with your insurance provider. Secondly, what's yourphilosophical view of government? Do you see it as being able tocome into the private sector and improve it, or are you concernedthat government in the private sector will make things worse?"
The president hopes to extend health coverage to the tens ofmillions of Americans who are currently without it.
The Associated Press said the upfront costs could be one to oneand a half trillion dollars over ten years.
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