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Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:11 PM

A Back Door To The Public Option - Robert Reich/HuffPo

A Back Door to the Public Option
Robert Reich - HuffPo
Posted: 06/14/2012 11:17 pm

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Any day now the Supreme Court will issue its opinion on the constitutionality of the Accountable Care Act, which even the White House now calls Obamacare. Most high-court observers think it will strike down the individual mandate in the Act that requires almost everyone to buy health insurance, as violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution -- but will leave the rest of the new health care law intact.

But the individual mandate is so essential to spreading the risk and cost of health care over the whole population, including younger and healthier people, that some analysts believe a Court decision that nixes the mandate will effectively spell the end of the Act anyway.

Yet it could have exactly the opposite effect. If the Court strikes down the individual mandate, health insurance company lobbyists and executives will swarm Capitol Hill seeking to have the Act amended to remove the requirement that they insure people with preexisting medical conditions. They'll argue that without the mandate they can't afford to cover preexisting conditions.

But the requirement to cover preexisting conditions has proven to be so popular with the public that Congress will be reluctant to scrap it. This opens the way to a political bargain. Insurers might be let off the hook, for example, only if they support allowing every American, including those with preexisting conditions, to choose Medicare, or something very much like Medicare. In effect, what was known during the debate over the bill as the "public option."


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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/public-option-supreme-court-ruling_b_1598796.html


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Wounded Bear Jun 2012 #1
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Kolesar Jun 2012 #3
WillyT Jun 2012 #4
lovuian Jun 2012 #5
WillyT Jun 2012 #6
KatChatter Jun 2012 #7

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:28 PM

1. So it was a big rope-a-dope?

I know that is one of Pres Obama's favorite tactics, but it seems a bit far fetched that this was planned somehow.

In any event, I am hopeful that at least there will continue to be a push at the state level for better coverage at lower cost, and the insurance companies are probably not the best source for that. We could see pushes for more public option or single payer type coverage at the state level over the next few years. Hopefully.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:31 PM

2. I Do Not Think Reich Is Implying That This Possibility Was Planned...

Rather... that it might just be an unforeseen second opportunity to get it correct.



I certainly hope so.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:49 PM

3. Would not this compromise require legislation?

Our braindead Congress won't take it up.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 10:01 PM

4. Again...

If the Court strikes down the individual mandate, health insurance company lobbyists and executives will swarm Capitol Hill seeking to have the Act amended to remove the requirement that they insure people with preexisting medical conditions. They'll argue that without the mandate they can't afford to cover preexisting conditions.

But the requirement to cover preexisting conditions has proven to be so popular with the public that Congress will be reluctant to scrap it. This opens the way to a political bargain.



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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 10:07 PM

5. And who knows we may have a Democratic majority in both Houses

after the elections

either way no matter what
our healthcare system is going to more universal coverage because the system we have is becoming detrimental for rich and poor


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Response to lovuian (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 10:14 PM

6. That Would Be Nice... And You Are Correct...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 05:35 AM

7. For this Scenario to work

 

The House and Senate would have to be majority liberal and progressive along with a 60 seat liberal/progressive majority in the Senate, which we already know is impossible thanks to those who are more moderate, centrist, DINO, Blue Dog, Pub-Lite in the Democratic Party.

Even when the Democrats have the majority they don’t have the majority thanks to a few bad apples.

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