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Why we need a real public health care plan option (Part II)

Posted By Adam Searing On June 25, 2009 @ 3:05 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

President Obama – Public health plan option a tool to “discipline” [1] private insurance companies.

Health Care Showdown [2],” by Paul Krugman, Nobel prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist:

“For the record, neither regional health cooperatives nor state-level public plans, both of which have been proposed as alternatives [to the public option], would have the financial stability and bargaining power needed to bring down health care costs.”

Un-Cooperative: The Trouble with Conrad’s Compromise [3],” by Jacob Hacker, author of Health Care for America and U.C. Berkeley political scientist:

“[The co-op plan is]…not going to have the ability to be a cost-control backstop, much less a benchmark for private plans, because they are not going to have the reach or authority to implement innovative delivery and payment reforms.”

Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan [4],” by Robert B. Reich, former secretary of labor and professor at the University of California:

“…cooperatives would lack the scale and authority to negotiate lower rates with drug companies and other providers, collect wide data on outcomes, or effect major change in the system.”

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URLs in this post:

[1] tool to “discipline”: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2009/06/23/president-obama-public-option-health-plan-critical-in-reform/

[2] Health Care Showdown: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/opinion/22krugman.html

[3] Un-Cooperative: The Trouble with Conrad’s Compromise: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_treatment/archive/2009/06/14/hacker.aspx

[4] Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124580516633344953.html

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