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  •  Some of those 47 million ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... will have employer-sponsored coverage, and others -- 10-20 million -- will remain uninsured.

    •  Why will they remain uninsured... (0+ / 0-)

      I thought that was the whole point of the public option, to cover the uninsured.

      Intelligence is the new black.

      by chillindame on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 07:02:31 PM PDT

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        That's the point of the consumer protections and the subsidies -- to cover the uninsured.  The public option is there to lower health care costs.

        Also, there will be some who choose to pay the penalty, and go without health insurance simply because they feel that health insurance is not a good return for their investment.  Others are illegal immigrants, and there is strong public sentiment against giving these people -- including their children -- health insurance.

        •  So let me recap... (0+ / 0-)

          the public option doesn't cover the uninsured, there are other provisions to do this?  Thanks in advance.

          Intelligence is the new black.

          by chillindame on Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 08:16:03 PM PDT

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          •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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            The requirement that insurers must accept and renew all applicants, and can only base premiums on geographic region, family structure, and age (by a limited amount).

            Also, there are subsidies for people who don't get health insurance through their employer to purchase health insurance on the Exchange -- where the public option would live.

            Finally, there is a requirement in the House and HELP bills that employers of 25 employees or more must provide for a certain percentage of their employees' premiums, or pay some tax.

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