Monday, June 22, 2009
ThinkProgress provides a helpful chart of the differing health reform plans. the Senate Finance Draft, the Tri House Bill, and HELP Bill current being considered in Congress. Here is a brief discussion of the Tri House Bill and you can see the comparison chart by clicking through to ThinkProgress.
Unlike the HELP bill and the draft (leaked) language of the Senate Finance Committee, the Tri-Committee proposal seems to contain a fairly robust public insurance option. While details are still being worked out, the proposal establishes a public plan in 2013 that will compete with private insurers, within the Exchange, on a level playing field. The public option will be required to abide by all marketing, operations, and rating rules and would initially be allowed to use Medicare plus rates. After some time, the plan would have to independently negotiate fees with providers. . . .