Now that Klein isn’t trying to defend Democrats and President Obama’s poorly designed and corrupt health care law he has dramatically changed his tune.
|By: Marta Evry Thursday December 10, 2009 6:30 pm|
Yesterday, the NY Times ran self-serving press release op-ed from Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Coat Hanger), in which he claims his harmless little amendment was no worse than current law. The truth is, most health policy experts agree that the Stupak amendment would effectively ban reproductive choice services coverage in the exchanges created under health care reform.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 8, 2009 6:04 am|
The endgame on the public option could come as early as today. The negotiations seem to be coalescing around an expansion of Medicare and Medicaid as an alternative, some unnamed stronger insurance regulations, and additional elements, amidst a host of questions.
Would there be anything at all left of the public option, even with a trigger, or would adults above 150% federal poverty level and below the age of 55 be confined to the exchange? Would anyone 55-64 with employer coverage be eligible (Probably not)? What would the impact of taking higher-risk individuals off the exchanges have on their prices? Would the exchanges serve so many less people as a result, however, that their collective bargaining power would be blunted? Would the rates for Medicare buy-in be too exorbitant for potential subscribers? How would states be affected by expanded Medicaid funding over time? Would the feds still carry the full cost of expansion in the first three years, now that the expansion is larger? Would the issue of provider reimbursement rates, a major sticking point during the Medicare + 5% conversation, rear its ugly head again?