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  •  I Think People in Red States May Have An Option (4+ / 0-)
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    Here’s a NY Times article from a few weeks ago: U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance. (By the way, it’s not hard to include links in your diaries).

    Under the Affordable Care Act, at least one of the nationwide plans must be offered by a nonprofit entity. Insurance experts see an obvious candidate for that role: the Government Employees Health Association, a nonprofit group that covers more than 900,000 federal employees, retirees and dependents, making it the second-largest plan for federal workers, after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield program.
    To be eligible to participate in the multistate program, insurers must be licensed in every state. The Government Employees Health Association recently bought a company that has the licenses it would need.
    So, yee haw, GEHA! They might provide a nationwide non-profit way to get healthcare, whether the red states set up exchanges or not.

    But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

    by Dbug on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:57:18 PM PST

    •  That'll be both ironic and dissappointing (1+ / 0-)
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      Why do the red states get public option first?

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:09:12 PM PST

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    •  Blue Cross used to be a non-profit (0+ / 0-)

      Just because GEHA is non-profit, doesn't mean it will stay that way.  It is just an insurance company. It may sound like a public option, but it isn't.

      Money is a powerful corruptor, which is one of the problems with our third-party-payer system, that third-party sees all that cash flowing through it and invariably wants to keep larger and larger pieces.

      Public option, like Medicare or VA for everyone, would be a cheaper solution, but really not on the table in the exchange model. Unfortunately.

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