States are eyeing a public option through rose-colored glasses

States are eyeing a public option through rose-colored glasses

The Affordable Care Act will notch its 12th birthday later this month. To get the measure through Congress and to President Obama’s desk for his signature, Democrats had to cut one of progressives’ signature proposals—a public health insurance option.

But the public option didn’t die all those years ago. President Biden campaigned on the idea during his run for the White House, in contrast to his rival Sen. Bernie Sanders’s proposal for Medicare for All.

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