Once a rallying cry for pragmatic Democrats, the “public option” has fallen on hard times.
Several recent attempts to create such a government-run insurance plan at the state level have proven unworkable, unpopular, or both. And despite the support of President Joe Biden, the prospects for a federal public option look bleak.
Two professors at the University of California, Berkeley, are trying to buck this trend. Richard M. Scheffler, who was a member of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Healthy California for All Commission, and Stephen M. Shortell have written a new report outlining their “Golden Choice” public health insurance option. They claim it will lower premiums and promote competition in the state’s insurance markets.