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  •  No, that's a myth. (11+ / 0-)

    Obamacare doesn't have very much to do with the Heritage plan.

    The Heritage plan was based on a system of catastrophic insurance coverage, the McCain-like elimination of the employer deduction, and the privatization of Medicaid.

    By contrast, the ACA is built around comprehensive insurance, has both tax credits and a mandate for employer-based insurance, and expands Medicaid in its current form.

    It's interesting how universally this claim is believed. I used to just assume it was true, until I actually looked at the Heritage plan and compared it to the ACA.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 06:44:01 PM PST

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    •  Thanks. (3+ / 0-)

      Big thanks.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 06:55:30 PM PST

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    •  Key common element of heritage, ACA and romney (1+ / 0-)
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      The individual mandate--the personal responsibility bit--is the key element of the three. The rest is commentary. Filling in the blanks with how much coverage you want to supply based on actuarial calculations of optimal demographic mix.

      I blame the current mess on FDR. Employer based system because of WWII wage freeze. So they offered benefits instead, which were not counted against the freeze. Without employer based insurance, there wouldn't have been much insurance at all, and LBJ's Medicare just might have been Medicare for all.

      (The AMA was full-tilt against Medicare but then they saw thst it was a huge revenue stream with much less of the BS hassling providers get with private insurance.)

      •  That's not the "key element" of any of them. (0+ / 0-)

        It's one of many regulations included to make the system work. If the ACA, Massachusetts plan, or Heritage plan were buildings, the individual mandate would be the insulation around the windows - a necessary element to make the whole system work effectively, but hardly the defining one.

        Just because it's gotten the most attention on Daily Kos doesn't make it "the key element" of any of the plans.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 07:55:09 AM PST

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