The Indispensable Dozen: What We Need In a Public Health Care Plan

Source: Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., June 3, 2009

It seems hard to believe to us, but there is actually a debate going on about whether health care reform should include a public plan option – as opposed to only private insurance plans. (Never mind whether health care reform should simply be one public plan, or a choice of public plans!)

We have discussed why a public plan is necessary. The inevitable conclusion is that any reasonable approach to health care reform must include, at the very least, a public option.

But what would a public plan look like? What elements of a public plan are essential? Here are the indispensable dozen elements.

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