The “public choice” is back – in both Washington, DC and the states. President Joe Biden supports the idea of a government-run or heavily regulated insurance plan that is linked to government insurance as a candidate. But so far it has been more of a concept than a plan. The two top health leaders in Congress said they would try to plan together, while a variety of public options work through legislatures in Colorado and Nevada.
Meanwhile, biologists are debating whether the United States should vaccinate low-risk adolescents against Covid 1, while in other countries, high-risk adults remain vulnerable.
This week’s panelists are KHN’s Julie Robner, The New York Times’ Margot Serger-Katz, Politico’s Alice Miranda Olstein, and KHN.
Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:
- Sept. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) And Republican Frank Palon (DN.J.), who are chairpersons of major health committees on each Capitol Hill, have requested views on public options. The idea has been supported by many Democrats since it was removed from the Affordable Care Act and some lawmakers have introduced a bill to establish such a program. Sound cuts are appealing but making such a program would be very complicated. Murray and Palon’s initiative is an attempt to begin a detailed investigation into what is needed for public choice and where the political fault lines exist.
- State efforts to establish public alternatives generally appear to be less effective than a national program.
- Five senators joined the Republican Democrats who supported Chuita Brooks-Lasure’s confirmation as administrator of the Medicaid and Medicaid service centers. Although the agency is not considered a glamor post, it is one of the most influential jobs in government. By controlling the costs and administration of both Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the ACA’s insurance markets, the agency controls a quarter of all federal spending.
- Preliminary reports from Biden’s first budget show that while he will not back down on plans to reduce medical qualifications or establish a government-run public insurance option in the ACA market, he will accept that these options are the goals he wants Congress to pursue. .
- Biden is signaling that they need federal funds bills. The Hyde Amendment, a long-running federal policy, in most cases denies government funding for abortion. Many Democrats have complained that the provision protects low-income women who have Medicaid insurance or federal workers who are covered through their work from having an abortion if they need to. Republicans argue that abortion should not be financed if taxpayers are morally opposed to it.
- New federal data shows that more than 0% of adults have been vaccinated against covid. But the success of the US vaccination campaign raises questions about what Americans should do to help other countries. Some argue that the vaccine should be given in supply countries where people at very low risk – including children – are struggling before taking their shots.
- New reports suggest that the covid may have come from a natural human-to-human identification and may have been linked to a viral research laboratory in Wuhan, China. This could have implications for future research protocols and health studies and other issues for US-China relations.
Additionally, for additional information, panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week that you think you should read:
Julie Robner: The New York Times’ “Kovid killed his father. Then there was the 1 million medical bill, “By Sarah Kliff
Alice Miranda Olstein: HuffPost’s “Can the US Close the COVID Vaccine Race Gap?“By Jonathan Cohen
Margot Sanger-Katz: KHN’s “Corporations encourage employee vaccinations but shorten the mandate, ”By Anna Almendrala
Rachna Pradhan: The Wall Street JournalSpy for sick staff in Wuhan Lab fuel debate on Covid 1 Orig origin, “By Michael R. Gordon, Warren P. Strobel and Drew Hinsha
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