Can Congress fashion a public health plan option so that it does not blow up health care reform this year?
Nearly all Democratic health reform proposals would create a public health plan that would compete alongside private insurers. The idea is for uninsured people to gain access to a variety of health plans, including one public plan option.
Many Democrats argue that a public plan would ensure that sick people have access to insurance, while Republicans and some interest groups counter that the public plan is a back door to single-payer, government-run health care. Republicans worry it would have an unfair advantage by price-setting.
Which is the truth, and is there an acceptable way to fashion a public plan? Why not do away with the idea?
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com