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Senate Bill Will Include Public Option With State Opt-Out Provision

October 26th, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) answered some important questions at his Capitol Hill news conference today: The health reform bill he will send to the Senate floor will include a public health insurance plan with a state opt-out provision, and as a result the much-courted Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — the lone Republican to vote in committee for any Congressional health reform measure — will at least as of now not support the bill.

Sen. Reid twice pointedly chose not to answer another question: Can he hold the 60 votes from the Democratic caucus needed to overcome a united Republican filibuster and pass a bill containing a public option? Stay tuned.

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  1. Dr. M.Z.Younis Says:

    One part of the solution for reducing the escalating cost of health care is to create a single health insurance payer or a quasi-governmental health insurance agency. The proposed corporation would negotiate drug prices and payments for hospitals and physicians and would provide malpractice insurance to health care providers. As a natural monopoly, (Similar to the Electricity providers and the AT&T single phone provider model prior to 1984) such an insurance agency would have lower costs due to economies of scale. With a single insurer, reimbursement and billing would be standardized, which in turn would reduce the cost of services provided by hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. This would result in an economically efficient health system, providing access to care through equitable financing, efficient supply of services, and financial sustainability.

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