Senate compromise on “public option”

health-care symbolSenate Democratic leaders have a tentative compromise on the “public option” part of the healthcare-reform bill which might be able to garner enough votes to get the whole package passed.  Professor Alan Cohen, who heads BU’s Health Policy Institute, thinks it’s smart to offer private plans under the auspices of the federal-employee health program and to let middle-aged people buy into Medicare.

“These are reasonable, commonsensical concessions by the liberals to gain the support of the moderates in Congress, and a separate national public option would not be necessary unless these options failed in the short-term.”

Contact Alan Cohen, 617-353-9222, abcohen@bu.edu

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