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Trump Country really needs a way to bypass the ACA marketplaces entirely. So Democrats' favorite policy option – the public option – would be most valuable in precisely the deep-red areas that went most fervently for Republicans and for the President.

Who really needs the public option?…

August 15, 2017 – Trump Country really needs a way to bypass the ACA marketplaces entirely. So Democrats' favorite policy option – the public option –… Read more

One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run" insurance. But what if the buy-in were limited to Medicare Advantage plans, the GOP's beloved Medicare stepchild?

A Medicare buy-in Republicans can love

September 23, 2016 – One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run"… Read more

Are there means other than a 'public option to establish "government rates" as a marketplace norm? Jon Kingsdale, the founding executive director of the Massachusetts health insurance marketplace has floated a proposal that he believes might accomplish substantially the same end.

A Medicare Advantage for the ACA…

September 8, 2016 – Are there means other than a 'public option to establish "government rates" as a marketplace norm? Jon Kingsdale, the founding executive… Read more

The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its allies are able to continue spending whatever it takes to influence both elections and public policy.

Seriously: Is the Public Option really…

July 12, 2016 – The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its… Read more

"[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary: More ambitious than her original plans but more realistic than his." - Charles Gaba

A healthcare plan that even Bernie…

July 11, 2016 – "[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary:… Read more

If MinnesotaCare really is offered at a Silver-range price to all comers, its effective discount would be so huge that it's hard to envision many buyers choosing anything else.

Minnesota considers a ‘public option…

April 21, 2016 – If MinnesotaCare really is offered at a Silver-range price to all comers, its effective discount would be so huge that it's hard to… Read more

In itself, though, a public option – as proposed by Hillary Clinton –might not change things much for those shoppers in the ACA marketplace who find the offerings too expensive.

A more affordable Affordable Care Act?

February 23, 2016 – There is potentially a way that a state could make coverage more affordable for all applicants. That would be to make all options public… Read more

The 'public option' died in the health reform battle, but two state-run plans are trying to sweeten their coverage options with provisions that taste like the 'public option.

States may sweeten the ACA pot

January 8, 2016 – The 'public option' died in the health reform battle, but two state-run plans point a potential path toward richer coverage at lower… Read more

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Insurers pay big to defeat public…

November 18, 2010 – A story on Bloomberg reveals that the leading health insurance industry group – America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) –funneled… Read more

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Health reform: Dead? or not dead?

February 3, 2010 – The current status of the health reform legislation in the nation’s capital reminds of us the popular quizzes that challenge players… Read more

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Lieberman scuttles public option

December 15, 2009 – Even Democrats who knew reform legislation would be all about compromise seem to be completely flattened by this week's impasse with Sen.… Read more

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Is public option about to be flushed?

December 9, 2009 – The "Grand Compromise" will allow those who oppose the public option to say that it's out, while proponents of the public option can claim… Read more

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2,074 pages of detail not a bad thing

November 19, 2009 – We think opponents of the legislation should stop carping and look on the bright side: the legislation is extensive and explicit. It's good… Read more

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Get Harry Reid some steroids. Stat.

November 11, 2009 – When the House passed its version of health reform legislation last week, the development may have sent chills down the spines of those who… Read more

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Know your public options

October 30, 2009 – If you want to get up to speed on the House and Senate approaches to the public option, it shouldn’t take you long to dig up the info… Read more

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Even if states can opt out, will they?

October 29, 2009 – We’re happy to hear folks asking this question: If Democrats succeed in passing health reform legislation with an opt-out public… Read more

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Up or down vote on health reform…

October 26, 2009 – Will Democrats unite to allow an up-or-down vote on health reform legislation? Robert Creamer explained on the Huffington Post this morning… Read more

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‘Option’ is not a failure — not yet,…

October 23, 2009 – For a political proposal that appeared ready to be staked in the heart by its opponents just weeks ago, the public option looked… Read more

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Will the real predator please stand…

October 8, 2009 – A column by Thomas Frank in the Wall Street Journal made us pause and scratch our heads this week because it prompted one of those… Read more

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North Dakota dems cry “bad (blue)…

October 7, 2009 – Okay, we know that it’s the conservative members of the House that are called “Blue Dogs” (not members of the Senate),… Read more