The Public Option “Alternatives” Are Proving to be Mostly Worthless

By: Monday June 24, 2013 8:17 am

When Democrats killed the public option several attempts were made to create face saving “alternatives.” Two alternatives actually made it into the Affordable Care Act, the CO-OP provision and “multi-state plans” overseen by the Office of Personal Management. As the law is set to be implemented it is growing abundantly clear neither will provide much [...]

“Deal” Could Put Joe Lieberman In Charge Of Regulating Your Health Insurance

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 11:27 am

One of the big components of the new possible “deal” in the Senate would be to create a new, national Office of Personnel Management (OPM)-run program. How exactly this OPM exchange for national non-profit insurance plans, which is meant to be a replacement for the public option, would work is unclear. Rumors are that if [...]

Doing Some Good With This Silly OPM Exchange Idea: National Oversight For Nationwide Plans

By: Tuesday December 8, 2009 9:00 am

One of the ideas currently being floated around right now is to have the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) create an exchange for private, non-profit insurance plans that would be sold within all the state-based exchanges. As a new idea, I don’t think the proposal has any merit. There would be some value in having the [...]

This Idea Does Not Resemble German, Swiss, Or Belgian Health Care

By: Monday December 7, 2009 10:20 am

The White House/Olympia Snowe/Joe Lieberman/ConservaDem apologists are starting to rally around this new “alternative” to the public option. This “alternative” is nothing at all even like a public option. It is an OPM run exchanges for current, private, non-profit insurance companies. I suspect we will soon see apologists claiming this idea would resemble the all-payer [...]

OPM “Alternative” Unlikely To Have Any Value

By: Monday December 7, 2009 8:08 am

This newest “alternative” to the public option, which is nothing like a public option, sounds (from what information is available) to be pretty much useless. All indications are that it is nothing more than just another exchange run by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The idea of creating exchanges to give individuals and small [...]

This Is Absolutely Nothing Even Kinda Like A Public Option

By: Sunday December 6, 2009 8:49 am

The newest “alternative” to the public health insurance option is neither public, health insurance, nor an alternative option to private insurance companies. From what I’ve been able to determine about this worthless proposal, all it does is give the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) some vague power to try to negotiate with [...]