The Man Who Would Have Been HHS Secretary Abandons Government-Run Option
10:05 AM, Jun 18, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
In yet another blow to the Democrats' grand unified vision of gigantic, transformative health care reform passed in a matter of weeks, with a government-run option, Tom Daschle publicized a plan yesterday-without a government-run option.
He's joining with fellow former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker and Bob Dole to put forth a bipartisan compromise:
The proposed plan would cost $1.2 trillion over 10 years, even without the "public" option, which gives you an idea of the territory we'd be creeping into with a government-run plan. The proposal, which can be read here, is very detailed and proposes to pay for all $1 trillion of the cost by realizing savings, instituting "play-or-pay" taxes on businesses that don't offer health insurance, and cutting Medicare and Medicare Advantage spending. How they're going to cover the other $200 billion is more hazy, but they offer ideas.
This plan suggests a health care mandate for individuals (something Dole had to compromise on), state insurance "exchanges," and comparative effectiveness studies, among other reforms.