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Wyden Health Plan: You Can Quit Your Job and Keep Your Coverage

Wyden Health Plan: You Can Quit Your Job and Keep Your Coverage

April 17, 2008

One of Gov. Romney's talking points for his vision of the Connector was portability - letting you take your coverage with you as one goes from job to job. The idea was that if many employers used the Connector as their source of insurance, switching employers might not require one to switch insurers.

We still have a long way to go to get to this point in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has identified coverage lock-in as a key problem with the current system, and has proposed bipartisan legislation (7 Ds, 7Rs are cosponsors) to move away from employer coverage to individual coverage with income-based subsidies. His site supporting the plan is here.

Blogger Ezra Klein calls it a pretty damn good policy idea: "It's a radical integration of the system, a sort of single-payer that uses private insurers as regulated subcontractors, rather than a multipayer that keeps them as independent players (which Obama and Clinton both do)."

He also recommends this video, which got a LOL out of me:

What do you think?
Brian Rosman