By Robert Kessler*
May 15, 2009
The latest controversy in the federal health reform debate is whether to include a public plan option as a new insurance option for consumers. Several leading healthcare reform proposals promote competition between private-sector health plans and a public health insurance option. In the interest of disseminating information and encouraging dialogue, we are sharing with you "A Modest Proposal for a Competing Public Health Plan," published by The New America Foundation, a Washington, DC-based, nonpartisan public policy institute. This publication attempts to frame the discussion regarding a public plan in terms of minimal conditions for fair competition that might lead to a bipartisan consensus on the issue. You may also review an Executive Summary of the publication.
*AHLA wishes to thank Robert Kessler, Esquire (Schaller Anderson Incorporated, an Aetna Company, Phoenix, AZ) for providing this email alert.
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