What Real Health Policy Compromise Would Look Like: HSAs, Public Catastrophic Insurance

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 3:31 pm

Republicans claim to support HSAs as a way to encourage smart health care consumption, with minimum insurance coverage mandates, and automatic enrollment as a way to increase coverage. Progressives support public insurance programs, believe everyone should get basic coverage to protect them from medical bankruptcy, and support a public alternative to private insurance companies. Republicans, progressives, and a majority of Americans overwhelmingly oppose an individual mandate forcing Americans to buy a product from private insurance companies, or face getting fined by the IRS.

A bipartisan policy compromise would be to scrap the current individual mandate and replace it with automatic enrollment in a HSA combined with only a very minimal public extreme catastrophic insurance policy.

 

Obama Writes to Congress, Cites GOP Proposals From Summit to Be Included in Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 12:45 pm

So basically, the President offers yet another set of olive branches to Republicans, which they will promptly throw on the ground and kick.

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