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  •  They could have made it a Medicare buy-in (7+ / 0-)

    You could have just made it so people can buy into Medicare, for instance.  In any discussion of a new plan, Republicans would probably cry about how it will be an awful plan because they would, of course, make every single possible attempt to de-fund it or mess up its implementation.  If there were a public option, there would have to be a defined funding source (like FICA) to eliminate Republicans' ability to do that.

    •  that would not have been the outcome (0+ / 0-)

      I totally agree: there are so many ways that this could have been done right, but none would have been chosen. If you watched the process, it was excruciatingly clear that no options would ever be allowed that would seriously compete with the private based system.

      History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx

      by quill on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:14:33 AM PDT

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    •  I think a medicare buy in is the next "big step" (5+ / 0-)

      I was advocating something like a "50,5,5" plan. Anyone over 50 could buy in, it would pay 5% over current medicare, and would charge 5% more than it would cost. By mandating a 5% over cost fee, it wouldn't be deficit spending so it could be done by reconciliation, it couldn't be accused of raising the deficit. It might also help democrats with the over 50 crowd.

      -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

      by dopper0189 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 09:35:13 AM PDT

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