What healthcare reform might actually look like …
One Capitol Hill watcher sends me this on what a Democratic fallback position on healthcare might look like:
I think that a “compromise” plan looks something like an individual insurance mandate and some further coverage mandates/restrictions (like not allowing denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions). If they didn’t want to “fall quite that far back,” so to speak, they could couple such a plan with substantial subsidies for people up to 400-500% of the federal poverty level. This would mean no “public option,” but it would still represent something the Democrats could call health care reform.
That kind of a plan would probably have some legs, assuming the cost/pay-fors weren’t an enormous problem. … Many Republicans seem to have already conceded that an individual insurance mandate is acceptable, so I think that’s the route Democrats could use to get closer to their preferred destination.