White House Floats ‘Public Option’ To Fix Obamacare


White House Floats ‘Public Option’ To Fix Obamacare

by Charlie Spiering
Oct. 19, 2016

The Obama administration says a public option may be required to fix ObamaCare, which is facing skyrocketing premiums and seeing major insurance companies cutting their plans.

“Added competition in all 50 states would, we believe, have the effect of further challenging private health insurance companies to improve their offerings and reduce their prices,” Earnest said during the White House press briefing on Wednesday.

Obama is planning to deliver a major speech about Obamacare in Miami, Florida on Thursday, where he is expected to address some of the growing problems with his signature legislative achievement.

But Earnest admitted that despite Obama’s proposed solutions, it would be up for the next president to offer a solution.

“Maybe the next batch of members of Congress will and hopefully we’ll have a president, like the candidate that President Obama has endorsed, who is determined to build on the remarkable success of the Affordable Care Act,” he said.




In remarks that Obama made on October 20 in Miami, Florida, he proposed:

1) States expand Medicaid. Currently, the federal government pays states for a specified percentage of program expenditures, called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). FMAP varies by state based on criteria such as per capita income. What happens when the federal Medicaid assistance is slashed because the federal government is broke or our national loans are called for repayment by China or other loan holders?

2) Since overall health care costs have turned out to be significantly lower than everyone expected since we passed Obamacare, since that’s saved the federal government billions of dollars, we should use some of that money, some of those savings to now provide more tax credits for more middle-income families, for more young adults to help them buy insurance. CNS report “Obamacare Was Supposed to Lower Health Care Costs, But Has It?” “…the health care cost curve is still on an upwardly mobile trajectory. It is fueled by sharp increases in both public and private health care spending.”

3) The third thing we should do is add what’s called a public plan fallback. –Federal government-run insurance option– Most countries that have country run insurance have shut down other options. Leaving those not able to afford at the mercy of the “state” with extremely long wait times for all phases of assistance and poorer quality of medical innovations or in-house equipment and supplies.

4) Encourage state innovation of health insurance. This at a time when most states are struggling with so many issues such as loss of revenue thanks to piss poor trade agreements made by Obama? Or a massive drain on treasuries thanks to his dumping far too many refugees in cities, counties across the state who are handed all manner of welfare assistance free and gratis?



Obamacare ‘mastermind’ sends chills down spines with totalitarian ‘fix’ to failing health care law

BizPac Review
by Tom Tillison
October 27, 2016

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, widely seen as the architect of Obamacare, was asked Monday how to fix the collapsing health care mandate and like a true liberal, the professor prescribed more of the same bad medicine.

In response to reports that health care premiums will go up sharply next year, Gruber was asked by CNN host Carol Costello for one fix that could be applied to Obamacare that would drive premiums down.

“There’s no sense in which this has to be fixed… the law’s working as designed,” he said. “However, it could work better and I think probably the most important thing experts would agree on is that we need a larger mandate penalty.”



Seriously, this idiot that crowed about fooling the stupid citizens thinks it is needful to increase the  penalty on people if they do not take out Obamacare?  Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t the minor skirmish called “The American Revolution” based on the rejection of totalitarianism and taxation penalties unfairly levied by an absentee landlord? This guy should have already been serving time in a looney bin for his dimwit remarks or better yet have been taken behind the woodshed and reminded how it feels to be treated as garbage.


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15 Responses to White House Floats ‘Public Option’ To Fix Obamacare

  1. upaces88 says:

    Burn it.

    • Uriel says:

      Every accountant is aware “fixing” only screws it up more. Better to take certain ideas and start fresh where government doesn’t pay companies for the privilege but mandates plans include x y z then let them compete across state boundaries.

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  3. Just Gene says:

    “There’s no sense in which this has to be fixed… the law’s working as designed,”
    Once in a million statements they tell the truth

  4. I.R. Wayright says:

    Seems to me the US Constitution says “promote the general welfare.” It doesn’t guarantee you will be well off or well taken care of by your fellow citizens. You are supposed to have the opportunity to take care of yourself based on a level playing field for everyone. If life gives you lemons…or you did not take proper advantage of the educational system……well, it might suck to be you.

    I don’t know what it will take to “fix” the problem of health care (or health insurance) being so expensive but it certainly doesn’t involve getting more government.

    Apparently there needs to be an honest investigation as to what labor, overhead, procedures, medicine and the fancy equipment we use today really costs. Compare that to other socialist countries in Europe or Canada, look at their levels of taxation and the resulting quality of care. Do we want that? I have heard stories from relatives in Canada so I have a little insight and I would rather not go that route.

    I had some customers who were health care professionals and many of them are dismayed with the current system. Some quit rather than deal with the red tape.

    Anybody want to take a stab at this one?

    BTW, there is no such thing as a single payer system. EVERYBODY pays.
    Whoever told you there was something (of value) for nothing.

    • Uriel says:

      The single payer system is government – Uncle Sam with scythe in hand. Deciding who lives and who dies. Studies have been done I think already. Many in fact. Basically without a system of strictly enforced, guaranteed ceilings, all will continue to skyrocket. Other countries are producing quality for lower prices BUT most are not up to the standards required in this country. Interestingly the very extreme standards we enforce encourage a wide range of evolving uncontrollable diseases, viruses, and bacteria — then the cycle continues. Big pharmas set the prices, just like banks, are being power mad and money hungry. Like you I have no idea how to stop or reverse these trends. Remember the guy who owned the generic pharmaceutical group in California (I think). A particular and often prescribed drug was selling for about $1.00 a pill till he decided he wanted much more profit after he bought the company so he hiked the price to over $100.00 a pill. Same drug with the same steps to produce, the man said in court it was his right to make money and laughed.

  5. Just Gene says:

    The public option would be the Obama mob and the Clinton mob in jail!

  6. Peppermint says:

    I heard a man from GA say his premium last year was $700. He just got his notice that his premium this year will be $1900, much higher than his mortgage.

    Gruber saying make the fines stiffer is so stupid. These very same people can’t afford the fines either.

    A one payer system would be a disaster. This kind of system usually brings on long waiting times and death before one can get medical help.

    It’s good to see Trump beating this subject to death and he needs to keep doing it.

  7. Uriel says:

    Too true Pepper, it also decides which patient is more important and of value. Think our VA and how screwed up it is, then imagine a hundred times worse. Government and CDC is already attempting to force everyone, with no right to legally object, to take medications and vaccinations. Or to be cleared or detained at their whim across the entire world. Seriously, as I already reported.

  8. I.R. Wayright says:

    Well, I hope President Trump can pull a rabbit out of his hat on this one.
    Color me skeptical.

    • Uriel says:

      Me too IR. But we all are aware that reality meets campaign promises on day one. Let’s hope congress isn’t overrun with UNiparty arses too.

  9. Hardnox says:

    If this was 1776 Gruber would be hanging from a lamp post. Only in an alternative universe created by leftists does he think he has a good idea after he built it on a foundation of shit.