Public Option Variants

Public option variants Policymakers are floating several public-option variants, most of which would offer a public plan alongside private plans on the ACA’s insurance exchanges. Although a few of these variants would allow persons to buy in to Medicaid, most envision a new plan that would pay Medicare rates and use providers who participate in […]

Continue reading

Public Option unable to Compete with Private Plans

Public option unable to compete with private plans A quarter century of experience with public/private competition in the Medicare program demonstrates that the private plans will not allow a level playing field. Despite strict regulation, private insurers have successfully cherry picked healthier seniors, and have exploited regional health spending differences to their advantage. They have […]

Continue reading

A Public Option Forgoes at least 84% of Administrative Savings

A public option forgoes at least 84% of administrative savings [The public option] forgoes at least 84 percent of the administrative savings available through single payer. The public plan option would do nothing to streamline the administrative tasks (and costs) of hospitals, physicians offices, and nursing homes, which would still contend with multiple payers, and […]

Continue reading