Obamacare’s Public Option
by Robert Moffit
Issue 216– November 28, 2012
In January of 2014, the government’s U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will sponsor two national plans to compete against private health insurance in every state of the union. It has been the Heritage Foundation’s view that this will establish the foundation of a government monopoly in health insurance.
It is relevant that concerning Obamacare there is thus a re-emergence of the “public option” debate, occasioned by Robert Pear’s excellent article in The New York Times and Sarah Kliff’s flawed piece in The Washington Post blog.
In the last 24 hours, I’ve gotten several inquiries from interested parties, including the former chairman of the Maryland Health Care Commission, who wanted to know how this happened and if Heritage had written anything on it.
For your edification, please find enclosed four pieces that we published on this topic, three of them at the time of the Senate debate.
Stuart Butler also published a prescient piece in The New England Journal of Medicine (February 2010) on this and related issues, available here:
To the best of my knowledge, Heritage was largely alone in focusing on the possibility of a back-door national public sector healthcare option during the congressional debate on Obamacare.
Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation.