A Backdoor Public Healthcare Option in 2014?

It sure seems that way, although the NY Times, along with other news organizations, seems to have essentially buried this (boldface mine):

The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state….

The national plans will compete directly with other private insurers and may have some significant advantages, including a federal seal of approval. Premiums and benefits for the multistate insurance plans will be negotiated by the United States Office of Personnel Management, the agency that arranges health benefits for federal employees.

Walton J. Francis, the author of a consumer guide to health plans for federal employees, said the personnel agency had been “extraordinarily successful” in managing that program, which has more than 200 health plans, including about 20 offered nationwide. The personnel agency has earned high marks for its ability to secure good terms for federal workers through negotiation rather than heavy-handed regulation of insurers….

Under the Affordable Care Act, at least one of the nationwide plans must be offered by a nonprofit entity. Insurance experts see an obvious candidate for that role: the Government Employees Health Association, a nonprofit group that covers more than 900,000 federal employees, retirees and dependents, making it the second-largest plan for federal workers, after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield program.

As you might expect, conservatives are shitting their pants over this:

Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said he worried that “the nationwide health plans, operating under terms and conditions set by the federal government, will become the robust public option that liberals always wanted.”

You say that as if it’s a bad thing.

Because if tens of thousands of people don’t die every year from the lack of health insurance, then the terrorists win. Or something.


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3 Responses to A Backdoor Public Healthcare Option in 2014?

  1. And the wingnut governors who refuse to set up their state’s exchange are doing the same thing. Fast track to single payer.

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