Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Wyden-Brown Amendment

Donald Taylor discusses the import of the Wyden-Brown amendment and the types of waiver requests that are likely to be granted (opening exchanges to everybody or a single payer). One of the limiting factors in the Wyden-Brown amendment is that the operates within the context of ACA which defines the minimum benefit at a fairly comprehensive level. I think to promote health we should be spending less money on health insurance and directing more money towards things like mass transit, pre-natal nutrion, and health school lunches. I would be interested to see if the Secretary of HHS would allow for a waiver with resources diverted away from health insurance subsidies towards broader wellness incentives.

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