Howdy all …
I take it that everyone enjoyed a peaceful if not overly indulgent Thanksgiving week with friends and family. Turkey was NOT on the Duck’s platter.
Here’s a little news on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
From a blog by David Weigle in Slate.com, December 1, 2010
Speaking to reporters today, incoming Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said he was hopeful about the incoming GOP-run House of Representatives in one way. If they “put their money where their mouth is,” and give more flexibility to the states, they’ll make his job easier.
The context: the Affordable Care Act included language, put there by Kitzhaber’s senator, Ron Wyden, which allows states to get waivers and duck the federal mandate to buy health insurance. I followed up and asked specifically if the incoming governors were looking for waivers, and they were. Both Kitzhaber and incoming Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said they had met today with Donald Berwick and were looking for waivers that would allow them to pursue their own progressive health insurance reforms. Shumlin said that he ran on a promise to bring single-payer health care to Vermont; that’s what he was seeking.
While the distinguished Senator Ron Wyden, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and incoming Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber are leading the charge on bringing about allowing the Innovative States section of ACA to begin sooner, on Election Day California had already received approval for an initial waiver from HHS for the state’s Medicaid system re-alignment receiving $10 billion in federal Medicaid money to extend coverage to some 500,000 people.
In addition to the above, back in September, California had already re-aligned state law for the very thing that Wyden, Shumlin and Kitzhaber are pressing for… And don’t overlook the fact that that guy from Massachusetts in the pick-up truck is a co-sponsor for the Wyden deal. Here’s Wyden’s Official Press Release:
Can anyone say, Public Option on a state by state level without mandating coverage?
And on another angle, there is also a waiver section in the ACA that can allow for state’s to combine into regional plans, thereby broadening the number of those seeking coverage and in turn bring about more leverage for lower premium policies in the exchanges.
That is all . . .