Obama Compares Government-Run Insurance with US Post Office to Promote Healthcare Reform!

In Tuesday's town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Barack Obama unwittingly compared government-run insurance with the US Post Office when attempting to dispel fears that his healthcare plan will lead to a single payer system. He argued that private insurers could compete with the government run plan by drawing an analogy to private companies that compete with the post office:

"They do it all the time," he said. "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. ... It's the Post Office that's always having problems."

Does that mean that government-run health insurance will also "always have problems"?

Oh, and the analogy was qualified too- the government plan would require premiums and other non-tax revenue. According to the AP News article:

As long as they have a good product and the government plan has to sustain itself through premiums and other non-tax revenue, private insurers should be able to compete with the government plan, Obama said.

Does he mean premiums and other non-tax revenue in addition to taxpayer funding?

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