Public Health Insurance

From the Mailbag: Moveon Appeal -- Fight Insurance Company Sabotage

Breaking news on health care: The Washington Post is now reporting that insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield "is putting the finishing touches on a public message campaign aimed at killing a key plank in Obama's reform platform."1

The Huffington Post sums it up as "Insurers Planning on Double-Crossing Obama."2

We knew the insurance companies would eventually turn on the president, but this is much sooner than expected. And they're targeting the public health insurance option—the crucial piece that will help cover everyone. So we're immediately launching a rapid-response campaign to go toe-to-toe with Blue Cross Blue Shield and win quality health care for all Americans.

From the Mailbag: Healthcare of all Weekly Newsletter

From the Mailbag: Stop Healthcare Swiftboaters

Have you seen the new ad from Rick Scott's group, "Conservatives for Patients' Rights?" It tries to swift-boat President Obama's health care plan with false and misleading claims.

Click here to watch the ad and find out how you can help get it taken off the air.

Rick Scott, who's for-profit hospital chain is famous for defrauding Medicare1, has put $1 million of his riches behind this ad, which is on CNN and FOX News right now.

These TV stations have policies against airing untrue advertisements. Our partner SEIU has sent a letter to CNN and FOX, pointing out the falsehoods and asking for the ad to be taken off the air. Can you join us and sign the letter?

Click here to sign the letter and tell CNN and FOX to take this ad off the air.

We can't let these lies go unchallenged. Thank you for helping us push back with the truth.

To your health,

Levana
Health Care for America Now

Defending Public Health Insurance: Healthcare for All Weekly Newsletter

This was sent to us by Alex Lawson from the Campaign for America's Healthcare for All Information Project.

Table of Contents:
1.Healthy Competition: How to Structure Public Health Insurance Plan Choice
2.Selling a Public Plan to the Skeptics
3.Jacob Hacker: Stripping Away Inherent Advantages From A Public Plan Is At Odds With True Competition
4.Two faces of the public plan coin
5.The End of Private Health Insurance. Not.

1.Healthy Competition: How to Structure Public Health Insurance Plan Choice
By Jacob Hacker
Institute for America's Future and The Center on Health, Economic and Family Security; University of California, Berkeley
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The debate over health care reform has increasingly centered on the issue of “public plan choice”—whether Americans younger than 65 who lack employment-based coverage should have the choice of enrolling in a new public health insurance plan modeled after Medicare. The central argument for public plan choice is that such a plan, offered as a choice within a new national insurance “exchange,” provides an essential set of security guarantees, ensuring that Americans without insurance from their place of work can find a plan that offers them quality, affordable health care through a broad choice of providers in all parts of the country.

Healthy Competition: Special Report from Campaign for America's Future

 

How to Structure Public Health Insurance Plan Choice to Ensure Risk-Sharing, Cost Control, and Quality Improvement

By Jacob Hacker
Institute for America’s Future and The Center on Health, Economic and Family Security; University of California, Berkeley 

Read the whole report here
 

Executive Summary

 

The debate over health care reform has increasingly centered on the issue of “public plan choice”—whether Americans younger than 65 who lack employment-based coverage should have the choice of enrolling in a new public health insurance plan modeled after Medicare. The central argument for public plan choice is that such a plan, offered as a choice within a new national insurance “exchange,” provides an essential set of security guarantees, ensuring that Americans without insurance from their place of work can find a plan that offers them quality, affordable health care through a broad choice of providers in all parts of the country.

Healthcare For All Information Project: Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future

  

1. Democrats Agree on a Health Plan; Now Comes the Hard Part
The New York Times
By Robert Pear

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Efforts to overhaul the health care system have moved ahead rapidly, with the insurance industry making several major concessions and the chairmen of five Congressional committees reaching a consensus on the main ingredients of legislation. The chairmen, all Democrats, agree that everyone must carry insurance and that employers should be required to help pay for it. They also agree that the government should offer a public health insurance plan as an alternative to private insurance.