Gerry Canavan

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Written by gerrycanavan

January 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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  1. Medicare buy-in for 50-65 and Medicaid expansion to 200% of FPL would actually do less than what the Senate bill does. I guess this sounds like a great idea to people who think that having no health insurance at all is better than having private health insurance, but otherwise, it is certainly inferior to the Senate bill. Nor does it make much political sense to tell people that you’ve done health care reform, only for everyone not under 200% of FPL to find out that they still can’t afford insurance, still can be denied it for having a preexisting condition, will still be subject to annual and lifetime caps, and so on and so forth.

    Which, presumably, is why Ezra says it’s not his preference.

    Shankar D

    January 21, 2010 at 12:47 am

  2. My preference is for the House to ping-pong the Senate bill and then pass public-option-style legislation through reconciliation (what “frustrated Democratic insider” told the Daily News was “a serious option”).

    The problem with reconciliation has always been what couldn’t be passed with it — insurance reforms, etc. — but that stuff is through the Senate now anyway. Pass the Senate bill as is, then a public option through reconciliation, and you’ve gotten an almost optimal result given what was possible when we started out.


    January 21, 2010 at 12:54 am

  3. Sure, that sounds great. But the C&L piece seems to be probing the possibility of scrapping everything and trying over with reconciliation (including such “and a pony” theorizing as trying to pass single payer), as though this would somehow be less politically fraught than trying to get the House to just pass the Senate bill now.

    Shankar D

    January 21, 2010 at 2:16 am

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