Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Who Needs the Public Option
I think Obamacare is an Obamanation but it amuses me that progressives find the absence of a public option to be so disheartening. The legislation will force insurers to issue a policy to all that want one, forbids any price differentiation based on risk, guarantees renewal, defines minimum benefit levels, and now effectively establishes price caps. Insurance companies will effectively be public utilities. The only distinguishing factor between insurance companies and the public option would be the statutory authority to use medicare reimbursement rates.