Critics claim it is just making the ACA's reinsurance program permanent, in which the government -- um, we taxpayers -- help insurers offset the cost of their most expensive claims with the idea that this would lower premiums across the board.
Hmmm... a permanent tax subsidy for those purchasing health insurance, and a permanent cost-sharing subsidy for insurers.
I'm still waiting to hear about a focus on lowering health care prices -- which I believe is the real problem here? Oh, and there's still that nagging little point of how we're going to pay for all of this?
If consumers (and their insurer/payers) could have transparency and accountability, then they could shop, and only the affordable health care would be selected. Works for every other industry in America - why not health care? Economics 101.
I'm no economist, but John Goodman is, and he's also an expert on health care. He says Republicans need to harken back to their original McCain plan in order to get us to the consumer-driven health care we seek? What do you think?
Let your public servants in Washington know you want a consumer-driven focus! Read my book for more details.
(Sigh) the wait continues....