Carper Amendment Allows for State-Based and Regional Public Plans

UPI/Newscom

One of the nice peculiarities of the Senate Finance Committee is that they base all of their deliberations on bills and amendments written in plain English. So if you want to see a version of Sen. Tom Carper’s public option alternative, here it is.

It would allow states to pick one of the following three options:

1. Participate as grantees in the CO-OP program and apply for seed funding.

2. Open up that state’s employee benefits plan.

3. Create a state administered health insurance plan with the option of banding together
with other states to create a regional insurance compact.

And provide any seed money needed to accomplish the chosen goal, so long as it’s deficit neutral. Wonder how the administration feels about this? So do I, and I’m trying to find out.

I’m also still unsure if and when this will be introduced, but I’ll keep you posted.

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