Smith questioned Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) about this topic, asking him “Why would we not want a public option?” Barrasso proceeded to parrot the Fox News / GOP talking points, to which Smith responded with the following:
SMITH: It’s not a government take over, Senator! That’s not fair and we both know it. It’s not a government takeover because what it would be is a government option if you have insurance now and you like it you can keep it. … That’s not a government take over if we’re being fair is it Senator?
SMITH: As the costs have gone up, the insurance industry’s profits on average have gone up more than 350 percent and it’s the insurance companies which have paid and have contributed to Senators and congressman on both sides of the aisle to the point where now, we can’t get…what more than 60 percent of Americans say they support, is a public option. This has been an enormous win for the health care industry. That is an unquestioned fact.
[E]very vote against a public option is a vote for the insurance companies, sir. It is!
Apparently Sen. Barrasso has received over $500,000 from health professionals and nearly $100,000 from the pharmaceuticals and health products industry over his career and nearly $40,000 bundled from health care lobbyists in the last two years.