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Health insurance in "Trump Country"

Who really needs the public option? Trump Country.

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

Medicare-advantage as a thing.

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

A blue wave needed in 2016 elections to advance Obamacare.

A Medicare Advantage for the ACA marketplace?

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

Congress thinks they rule Obama.

Seriously: Is the Public Option really an option?

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

Could Bernie love Hillarycare?

A healthcare plan that even Bernie could love?

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

A Minnesota public option on steroids.

Minnesota considers a ‘public option on steroids’

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

Hillary Clinton's public option.

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

Basic health plans and expanding coverage.

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 option …

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