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Health Care Financing Reform: (90) How Important Is the Public Option – Part 2 – CBO Estimates

December 17, 2009

      Yesterday's post discussed the potential advantages of the public option in making health care more affordable.  However, in its evaluation of the House and Senate health care reform bills the CBO didn't think that the public option would have much of an impact either on the federal deficit or on overall expenditures for health [...]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (89) How Important is the Public Option? – Part 1

December 16, 2009

     According to news reports (including this article by Jeffrey Young in The Hill), Senator Joe Lieberman is killing the public option in the Senate.  And as a result, some leading Democrats like former Governor and Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean now oppose the health care bill if it is stripped of the public option (according to [...]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (81) A Potentially Big Development from Moderate Democrats on the Public Option

December 6, 2009

     Carrie Budoff Brown of the Politico reports that the Senate moderates may have achieved a breakthrough on the "public option."

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Health Care Financing Reform: (74) Public Option "Trigger" in the News Again

November 30, 2009

     The public option "trigger" is receiving attention again.  David Rogers of The Politico reports on a new policy paper issued by the Urban Institute recommending that health care reform not adopt a public option immediately, but rather allow the government health insurance plan to become effective only if health care costs contine to climb.  [...]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (36) Baucus Bill Passes Finance Committee / The CBO Estimate

October 14, 2009

     Yesterday, by a vote of 14-9, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Baucus bill, the America's Healthy Future Act.  This posting discusses the political line-up behind the bill and the CBO estimate regarding the cost of the bill to the federal government.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (28) Public Option and Other Amendments Before the Senate Finance Committee

September 29, 2009

     The Senate Finance Committee voted down both "public option" amendments to the Baucus bill today, and considered a handful of other amendments.  The Committee is now in recess until 7:15 p.m.  More below the fold.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (24) Public Option Vote Friday

September 24, 2009

     David Herszenhorn of the New York Times is reporting tonight that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) plan to ask the Senate Finance Committee to add a "public option" to the Baucus bill tomorrow.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (11) How the Dingell and Kennedy Bill Differ on Provider Reimbursement

September 8, 2009

     In the previous post I set forth summaries of the "public option" provisions of the Dingell bill and the Kennedy bill, which are working their way through the House and the Senate respectively.  Below I describe one major difference between the two bills – how each bill would set rates for reimbursing doctors and hospitals [...]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (10) The Public Option in the Kennedy and Dingell Bills

September 7, 2009

     The "public option" that you have heard so much about would essentially create a government insurance program like Medicare and would allow individuals and employers to purchase coverage for themselves and their workers.  The Kennedy bill and the Dingell bill both contain a "public option."  The relevant provisions of each bill are summarized below.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (5) The Wyden-Bennett Bill and "The Exchange"

August 31, 2009

     There are two fundamental approaches that lawmakers are considering to make health care more affordable and to give more persons access to health insurance coverage: (1) regulating the private market for health insurance to expand access and coverage and drive down costs, and (2) allowing people to purchase insurance from a government program similar [...]

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