Public Health Insurance Page
President Barack Obama, three committees in the House, and one committee in the Senate have proposed frameworks for reforming the health care system that would allow Americans to keep their employer-provided coverage or, if they do not have such coverage, obtain it through a public or private insurance plan that is available through a “national health insurance exchange,” where plans would compete with each other for members. Like the public Medicare program, the new public health insurance plan in this exchange would be managed by the federal government but would pay private health care providers to deliver care.
The choice of a public health insurance plan is an important part of comprehensive health care reform. It is needed to bring down costs, make coverage affordable, force private health insurance companies to compete, and guarantee that quality, affordable coverage will be there for people no matter what happens.
Reports and Resources
The Case for a Public Health Insurance Option
Reports by Jacob Hacker (bio)-
• The Case For Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform: Key to Cost Control and Quality Coverage (PDF)
• Key Findings(PDF)
• Public Health Insurance Q and A document (PDF)
• Original "Health Care for America" plan published by the Economic Policy Institute
How to Talk About the Importance of a Public Health Insurance Option