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  •  Their public option is... (5+ / 0-)

    well... not a public option. And run by the states? They get an F-.  They beat Finance in putting out a crap plan.  What comes out of Finance will probably be crappier, tis true. - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

    by chuckvw on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 09:54:14 AM PDT

    •  Run by the states? (4+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, Big Tex, Leap Year, jds1978

      I had no idea! That's very Nixonian -- the whole 1968 idea of havig the states do federal things was a bone to the racists demanding 'state's rights' to keep Jim Crow alive during the 60s.

      I've seen the state's administer the food stamp program and it is a mess and certainly violates the equal protection clause of the 14th ammendment.

    •  No, the public option isn't run by the states (4+ / 0-)
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      chuckvw, itskevin, Big Tex, polar bear

      It's the exchanges that are run by the states, but you have to be eligible for the exchanges to get into the public option.

      •  Closer to Medicaid than Medicare? (1+ / 0-)
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        James Protzman

        State entities varying in the level of competence and good intent would be the gatekeepers. And even with the best of intentions individual states would have no bargaining power.  Many a state lege - with the influx of lobbyist $$$ - will be slicing and dicing from day one.

        The state exchanges are candy for the insurance companies all else notwithstanding.  Still an F- in my book.

        I know I'm preaching to the choir, robo! - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

        by chuckvw on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 10:14:56 AM PDT

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      •  It just seems ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... because of the employer mandate, there won't be anybody in the state-based exchanges.  There will be like 1,000 people in WY who get their insurance through the WY exchange.  That's not enough to spread risk, and lower health care costs.

        Of course, the more people who join the exchange, the more the bill costs.  And nobody knows how to pass a bill with those higher costs.  So here we are.

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