GAC, part 1
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:
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.