Flatlining Obamacare may welcome hospitable public option

In an eight-page essay appearing Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, President Obama exhorted Congress “revisit” a public option to address existing flaws in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

A public option is a qualified health benefit plan which offers identical coverage to federally approved plans afforded under ACA health care exchanges.

In his brief study, which both addresses successes and failures of the ACA, the president describes sections of the country which remain with limited health care and rural areas which persist with few private insurers supported by the ACA.

Mr. Obama’s remedy to the lack of competition, failure of numerous state insurance exchanges and healthcare firms withdrawing from Obamacare markets is to reintroduce to concept of public options which will provide plans rivaling those already available in other areas.

Mr. Obama’s aboveboard signaling receptiveness of a public option comes in chorus with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton‘s embrace of such a reform.

“We have more work to do to finish our long fight to provide universal, quality, affordable health care to everyone in America,” Clinton said in a statement Saturday. “Already, the Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage to 20 million Americans. As president, I will make sure Republicans never succeed in their attempts to strip away their care and that the remaining uninsured should be able to get the affordable coverage they need to stay healthy.”

Mrs. Clinton has also proposed to lower the Medicare eligibility age to 55, now set at 65.

 

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