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"if there is no public option and no medicare buy in, what exactly is being reformed?"

This is the direct result of somebody's attempt to "frame the message" surrounding healthcare reform. I don't think Obama's doing it, or the Democratic Party. Whose bright idea is this?

Edit: To clarify, I'm wondering where the idea came from, that any health care reform that doesn't include this specific thing is automatically a failure. I still remain unconvinced that a public option is required to make a meaningful reform to the nation's health system.

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treptoplax
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
The big thing, AFAIKT (and I don't really know what's in this monster at this point) is "no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions". That's necessary (not quite sufficient) for decoupling coverage from employment. You can't really have that without the mandate, though, and it's not at all clear how you can make costs work for the mandate.

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