BY TIM FOLEY??SEPTEMBER 06, 2009 @ 05:51PM PT
The public option has become the central front in the fight for health care reform. It???s become a litmus test on the left and the right, with the House Progressive Caucus saying they won???t vote for a reform bill that omits it, and with Republicans generally united against it, even one with a delay or a trigger that would kick its implementation down the road. It???s been discussed almost constantly since February 2007 when John Edwards made it part of his health care plan, with both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton soon following suit. It???s become a proxy fight for health care reform in general. But for all that, many people are still confused as to what it is, who would have access to it, or why it might be a good idea in the first place.
It is not, in and of itself, the entirety of the health care reform proposal in Congress, or what President Obama proposed on the campaign trail as a fix for our broken health care system. Reform encompasses everything we need to do to finally begin controlling our health care costs, expanding access and improving quality.?? All three of these goals are the focus of the House bill (HR 3200) and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
CATEGORIES: COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH, DOCTORS AND NURSES, HEALTH IT, NATIONAL HEALTH EXCHANGE, OBAMA AND CONGRESS, PUBLIC PLAN, THE UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED