AirTalk for December 8, 2009

Senate public option compromise

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Former campaign staff members of President Obama rally outside the White House with a message that health reform without the public option is not 'Change We Can Believe In' on September 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Senate Democrats are weighing a compromise on the public option to secure the 60 votes needed to pass filibuster-proof health care legislation. Under the plan, the government would yield the administration of public health insurance to a private company operating as a non-profit. Meanwhile, Medicare would expand to cover those as young as 55. Does the compromise cut costs, gain votes, and reduce bureaucratic inefficiencies? Or, have Senate Dems sold out the uninsured?

Guest:


Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times, Staff Reporter based in Washington DC

Shana Alex Lavarreda, Director of Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research


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