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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Friday, January 16, 2009

Quick Compare on Some Proposed Health Plans

GoozNews brings us a quick comparison of the some the health care plans being considered and points helpfully to the new Commonwealth Fund's study of the various health reform proposals.   The website provides,

The Commonwealth Fund's latest study on health care reform found that plans proposed by Rep. Pete Stark, chairman of the health subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, chairman of the Health Education Labor and Pensions committee in the upper chamber, come the closest to providing universal insurance coverage without actually going to a single-payer plan. Both their plans establish a government-run plan to cover the uninsured and give employers an alternative to the private insurance market.

For a pro-single-payer analysis of the Commonwealth study, see DrSteveB's analysis on the DailyKos blog. Using Commonwealth's numbers, he suggests the Stark/Kennedy approach would reduce overall health care expenditures even as it increased the share of those expenses picked up by the federal government. All other plans would increase overall health care costs.

The Rand Corp., meanwhile, has launched its own "tool" for analyzing health care reform proposals. Rand Compare doesn't just focus on health insurance reform, but on health system reform.  . . .

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