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More Hill Commentary on the Health Insurance Exchange

A House-side staffer responds to the missive I posted earlier.

Just saw the most recent posting. I'm guessing your Hill staffer is on the Senate side, the House side takes care of this!

In the Tri-Committee draft proposal, after one year the exchange will be open to individuals with employer-sponsored insurance [ESI], but whose ESI is "unaffordable" (as determined by the regulations issued by the exchange). After four years the exchange will be open to all individuals who want to get their coverage there.

And even in the first years, once you're eligible for the exchange and buy coverage, you can maintain that coverage as long as you'd like even if you get another job that offers affordable ESI. So the scenario your other Hill staffer envisions wouldn't happen under the House plan!

Yet one more way that what's emerging in the House is likely to be better than what comes out of the Senate.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 30, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Just to remark that HR676 (Super Medicare for All) would not require us to deal with, strong plans, weak plans, coops, exchanges, pre-existing conditions, crooked insurance companies, losing insurance when you lose your job, etc., etc., etc

Posted by: lensch | June 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Keep up Nancy and Henry!

And those who chide me for calling the shenanigans of Senators, go and enjoy your pompous, fundamentally undemocratic Senate which in the end very likely will let us down.

Posted by: umesh409 | June 30, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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