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California’s ‘public option’ revival ends badly for patients – Pacific Research Institute

California’s ‘public option’ revival ends badly for patients

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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.

Click to read the full article in The Center Square.

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