posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 03:53 PM
Updated last on Thurs. Dec. 10 at 12:47 p.m.
enate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Dec. 8 that a 10-person working group had arrived at a tentative consensus "that includes a public
option." He won't elaborate until the Congressional Budget Office calculates its cost, but details are leaking out here and there. This will likely
continue until the proposal is released formally. I will therefore treat this column as a one-man Wiki, updating it as often as necessary.
Fine-grained detail will be added as it becomes available. Although any errors will be flagged per Slate's usual corrections policy, faulty
speculation and analysis will be rewritten or removed without the fussy cross-outs, favored by some bloggers, that assault the reader in the name of
accountability. Readers are invited to e-mail informed tips and links to new information to email@example.com; I won't identify you without your
explicit permission. When I'm satisfied the column is "done," I'll signal that in this first paragraph.
The components to the compromise are: 1) two new national nonprofit policies regulated by the Office of Personnel Management; 2) a new national public
option to be created only if health insurers fail to create these new national nonprofit policies; 3) a Medicare buy-in available to people ages
55-64; 4) an expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program; 5) a new regulatory requirement that insurers spend 90 percent of what they
collect in premiums on health care. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
What, exactly, is going on with the healthcare bill in the Senate right now, including especially the public option, is chronicled here, with updates
by the author and the opportunity for contributors to add to the conversation.
I'm having a somewhat difficult time wading through all the material, not to mention all the revisions, but it's worth the effort.