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GAC, part 1

[GAC, part 0]

I read this stuff so you don't have to, but you can dive into the 82-page PDF too if you like. Or here's the earlier version, it's only 39 pages.

I've got more to say about all this, but I've also not got around to cleaning out the cat litter boxes yet this evening, so briefly --

From pages 17-18, here's the language that was used to describe four possible scenarios for health care reform...

Guaranteed Affordable Choice language:
An approach that would guarantee affordable health insurance coverage for every American with a choice of private or public plans that cover all necessary medical services, paid for by employers and individuals on a sliding scale.

Health Savings Account language:
A Health Savings Account program that would provide tax-deductible savings accounts to all Americans if they purchase a private insurance plan with at least a thousand dollar deductible.

Tax Credits language:
An approach that would provide tax credits that will reimburse individuals and families for 25 to 50 percent of the cost of their private health insurance policies.

Single Payer language:
A single government-financed health insurance plan for all Americans financed by tax dollars that would pay private health care providers for a comprehensive set of medical services.

Their [Herndon Alliance, and ultimately HCAN] claim is that "When asked head-to-head, voters prefer Guaranteed Affordable Choice over health savings accounts, tax credits, or a single payer plan by about three-to-one."

Well, duh. Who wouldn't?

They also note" "Even among the health care base, intense support for single-payer is far lower than for GAC."

The "health care base" being those of us who care about this stuff. Any rational person, when presented with a choice between all necessary medical services and a comprehensive set of medical services would choose all necessary over a comprehensive set, any day of the week.

Disregarding HSAs and tax credits, as they're Republican fetishes, I'll do a small mashup of their GAC and single-payer language:

HR 676:
A single government-run health insurance plan for all Americans that would pay private health care providers for all necessary medical services, paid for by employers and individuals on a sliding scale.

Focus-group that.

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Submitted by gob on

And how about another:

Guaranteed Affordable Choice: An approach that would temporarily guarantee affordable health insurance coverage for every American with a choice of private or public plans that cover all necessary medical services, paid for by employers and individuals on a sliding scale. Affordable choice will culminate in the insurance companies and their minions in Congress luring the healthiest, wealthiest beneficiaries into private plans, guaranteeing the insolvency of the public plans and causing the collapse of the whole system.

Policy not party!

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Submitted by DCblogger on

good catch on the Herndon Alliance.