Are there any downsides to creating a national public health insurance option and allowing states to opt out? Would it do any good?
Senate Democratic leaders seem intrigued with the idea. CongressDaily on Friday quoted Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., as saying, "Liberals live with it. Moderates live with it. It's in the middle."
But what about the policy implications? While such a proposal could potentially get enough votes to pass Congress, would a public option really lower costs if only some states offered it? How many would opt out, and why?