If Obama wants to tell the people that the public option is the solution for reforming health care in order to create competition for insurance companies and he wants to reassure people that government can provide this service efficiently, than the Post Office might not be the best analogy.
So what is the report on the USPS by the US Government Accountability Office:
The post office made GAO’s list of government operations that are considered costly and “high risk.” GAO submits its High Risk Series report to Congress every two years…. The last year USPS reported income from its operations was in 2006. Beginning in 2007, its fortunes soured and it began to report significant losses: $5 billion at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2007 and $3 billion in FY 2008, according to its annual financial report. On June 30, 2009, the third quarter of its fiscal year, the USPS reported a staggering $4.7 billion net loss.
And the response by the USPS:
“We are subject to Congressional oversight, regulation by other government agencies, and also oversight by various other organizations and the public. If we cannot successfully address their various, and sometimes competing, concerns, we may be subject to greater regulation, which could increase our costs or otherwise place additional burdens on our operations,” USPS warned regulators in their annual report.
Obama - "It's the Post Office that's always having problems"
Precisely the point Mr. President!