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  •  Me too. (1+ / 0-)
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    karmsy

    But I'm willing to settle for a "good cop bad cop" scenario where government is charged with improving efficiency, and insurance companies compete on a level playing field.

    Choice and competition are a good thing.

    Public option may or may not be a "level playing field" but at the end of the day, we do have a nonprofit option on the exchange as part of the plan.  Kaiser has a good piece on the implementation of the plan and the timeline.

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    by Benintn on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 12:01:22 PM PDT

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    •  The public option would have had (0+ / 0-)

      to charge higher premiums than the private plans for many reasons. At first it would attract mostly those that were likely to have care costs much greater than average. No government plan would have any real reserves so they would have to be built out of premiums paid.

      Neither the PO nor SP would do anything to reduce costs or improve quality on their own. Those things are what is in the rest of the bill.

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      by samddobermann on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 03:55:21 AM PDT

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