The Public Option 2009

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Focused presentation on the public option in health care reform 2009, intended for introducing medical students to the issue

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The Public Option 2009

  1. 1. The Public Option<br />This presentation originally created by Farheen Qurashi, 2009-2010 Jack Rutledge Legislative Director<br />
  2. 2. Option to join a government administered program instead of private insurance<br />Paid for by low premiums of those who enroll, just like private insurance, not taxes<br />Payments are made by the government, but care is still privately delivered<br />Costs are low – the goal isn’t profits, it’s good health care<br />No profit margin – money goes back into the system<br />Low administrative costs<br />
  3. 3. “Robust”<br />Is open to everyone, providing choice<br />Competes with private insurance companies<br />Is affordable to American families<br />
  4. 4. The rest of the debate<br />Provider Organization supporting the Public Option: American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Committee of Interns/Residents (CIR), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)<br />Community Organizations<br />Labor: AFL-CIO, SEIU - small business<br />patient groups - faith based groups<br />*The AMA has endorsed HR 3200, which does include the public health insurance option. <br />
  5. 5. Health Care for America Now (HCAN)<br />On of the largest coaltions In the country working for health care reform for over 2 years now – made up of physicians, nurses, faith-based groups, labor unions, small businesses, children’s groups, HIV/AIDS groups, women’s groups, etc.<br />
  6. 6. The Legislation<br />The Legislation<br />HR 3200: National Exchange<br />HELP: “gateways”<br />Finance: Co-Op<br />
  7. 7. How will it work?<br />There must be a “market”<br />You must be eligible*<br />You can choose to buy in or select private coverage<br />
  8. 8. Who will it work for?<br />Small business owners<br />Employers<br />People not currently covered by private insurance<br />People not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare<br />
  9. 9. AMSA & Health Care Reform<br />www.amsa.org/uhc/hcr.cfm<br />
  10. 10. jrld@amsa.org<br />To learn more…<br />Sign-Up to be Rapid Response for Health Care Reform! <br />Interested in single payer? Sign up for STAT!<br />http://groups.google.com/group/stat2009/<br />or email healthcare.stat@gmail.com<br />

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