Medicare Buy-In May Replace Public Option

Reid tells Democrats to find compromise by tonight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 7:21 AM CST
Medicare Buy-In May Replace Public Option
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks to the media after the Senate Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington on the weekend.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Senate Democrats trying to hammer out a compromise on health care reform are considering ditching the bill's public option in favor of expanding the public options that already exist. People over 55 will be able to buy into the Medicare program and Medicaid will be expanded under the proposals being discussed, Politico reports. A government-administered national insurance plan similar to the one for federal workers would replace the public option under the proposals.

Harry Reid has told the senators they need to reach a compromise by tonight, according to an insider briefed on the ongoing debate between liberals and moderate Democrats. Howard Dean is said to have injected the Medicare buy-in concept back into the negotiations two weeks ago, as progressive Democrats became increasingly concerned that the public option had become too watered-down to be effective.
(Read more Max Baucus stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.