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View Diary: Reconciliation Rules: Facts, Myths, Sunsets and the Byrd rule. (69 comments)

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  •  Medicare buy in (5+ / 0-)

    I assume you mean the 55 age lowering.. sure it would work (not sure I would say it is easier, I haven't seen the CBO score for it and whether it increases deficits or not in 5 years or in out years) but what about people under 55? that's the whole point of the PO.

    Both can be done via reconciliation, considering medicare buying gets as favorable of a  CBO score as the public option.

    •  Yes, that was what I meant. (1+ / 0-)
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      I seem to remember that it was in the initial senate bill and was dropped because it was opposed by one or two senators so one may assume that it could easily get 50 votes - for the PO it's not so clear so far.

    •  I need Medicare Buy-in or something like it (1+ / 0-)
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      Our COBRA will end in a few months. I checked what would be available (before recent reported increases) and found worse insurance would cost nearly $1500 a month. Subsidized COBRA is about $300 which we can comfortably manage. Unsubsidized COBRA would be $800 which we probably could pay with IRA withdrawals. But at $1500 a month, we could end up emptying our IRAs before we reach 65.

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