Jacob Hacker releases his plan on health care listen04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
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With Congress preparing a sweeping overhaul to the nationâ€™s health care system, health care expert Jacob Hacker today outlined details on how the nation can structure and implement a public health insurance option as part of the overall reforms.
Hacker is the faculty co-director at the U.C. Berkeley Center on Health, Economic and Family Security, and the author of several books on public policy.
Speaking in Washington and on a conference call to reporters, Hacker said itâ€™s obvious that health care reforms will be a public/private plan.
Hacker said the idea of a public/private plan has become more controversial in recent weeks and months, but he said that all aspects of health care reform that are essential are controversial.
Hackerâ€™s report is called â€œHealthy Competition.â€ In it, he argues for allowing meaningfully different choices with price-setting authority.
He said the argument for a public plan competing with private plans within what he calls an exchange, is that the public plan can offer values that private companies canâ€™t, or donâ€™t provide. Conversely, Hacker said, there are some things that private companies can do better.
To read Hackerâ€™s report, visit OurFuture.org.