“The Founding Documents” Of The Public Option

Bill Scher

In this week’s edition of The Week In Blog at Bloggingheads.tv, The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll pushed an argument voiced by another conservative blogger Patrick Ruffini: that the initial intention of the public health insurance option was to create a Trojan Horse that would bring about single-payer health care and the demise of private insurance. The proof? Prof. Jacob Hacker’s original policy papers.

As Ruffini blogged: “It was first raised in 2007 by Berkeley economist Jacob Hacker, and popularized as a device that would “someday magically turn into single payer.” … reading through the founding documents of the public option is about as damning as if one got ahold of a secret dossier of Milton Friedman’s proclaiming school vouchers a necessary ‘compromise’ that would eventually usher in the death of public education in America.”

One problem with that story: the “founding documents” from Hacker say the exact opposite.

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