Commentary

Comparing Plans to Federalize Health Care

The Washington Post has a useful thumbnail comparison of the major health care bills currently being discussed in Congress. The analysis provides an overview of costs, coverage, and key provisions.

What’s most interesting are the common features:

  • All ban exclusions based on pre-existing conditions;
  • All require individual mandates, and two of the three current include employer mandates;
  • All subsidize insurance premiums for families up to three or four times the poverty rates;
  • Two of the three include government-run insurance options.

The debate, over course, is far from over, but it looks like businesses and individuals are going to face higher costs regardless of who “wins” in Congress.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.