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  •  I don't agree (1+ / 0-)
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    Pris from LA

    I think done right, a system could be set up allowing whatever states that wanted to to opt-in (or even better, have to opt-out) to a system with significant seed funding from the federal government. Baucus has proposed a $6B seed fund for coops already. The program would be something like Medicare + 5%. It would be available via the exchanges. Whether to all, or just the uninsured/self-employed is a big question.

    The blue states, including California, New York, etc. would opt-in. By far the largest population areas heavily support a public option. States like Alabama and Georgia would not be affected, taking away one of their arguments against a public option. The large states opting in would give us a sufficiently large pool to make it workable. This is key.

    Premiums would be income based, and a mandate could be included, with the mandate penalty equal to the minimum premiums.

    "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." A. Einstein

    by bewert on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 02:19:19 PM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't trust governors and legislatures to (0+ / 0-)

      be that progressive, they simply aren't.

      It might be nice for a few states like Vermont, everywhere else the insurance lobbies will rule. They sure do in CA.

      •  It's not progressive, it's greed (0+ / 0-)

        And that is the magic.

        Provide enough federal funding (including from people like me who are more than willing to pay a few hundred a month in premiums) for a Medicare + 5 option and the governors will jump all over it.

        Just like my oh-so-red politicians here in Utah have jumped all over the stimulus money.

        "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." A. Einstein

        by bewert on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 07:43:23 AM PDT

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