Poor Substitutes — Why Cooperatives and Triggers Can’t Achieve the Goals of a Public Option

Source: Jacob S. Hacker, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 361 no. 17, October 22, 2009

In short, neither the cooperative nor the trigger represents an acceptable substitute for the immediate creation of a national public plan. Rather than developing fig leaves to provide political cover, congressional leaders and the President should push for a national public plan that competes on a level playing field with private insurance to provide coverage to people who are uninsured and workers in the smallest firms. Such competition is the key to creating greater choice and accountability in increasingly consolidated insurance markets.
See also:
Health Care Reform in Perspective
How Health Care Reform Can Benefit Children and Adolescents
Four Health Care Reforms for 2009

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