Sunday, December 13, 2009

OPM public option

Jacob Hacker 'godfather' of the public option idea lays out why he thinks the Office of Personnel Management running a national plan a la fed employees health plan is a bad idea.


  1. If we get a compromise reform Bill through this Congress that extends coverage to millions of people, ends the pre-existing conditions exclusions, adds full insurance portability, makes it illegal for insurers to drop patients or raise their rates just because they get sick, repeals the anti-trust exemption, allows for national programs and gets the same prices congressmen and women get - as well as setting up exchanges to increase competition, then we will really have done something important.

    Paul Burke
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  2. I would cut the deal sans a public option altogether if that is what it took. The Public Option that has had any chance has been so weak as to not be consequential I don't think...wouldn't blow up the tracks over that or the Medicare buy in.