Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We’re here to present the award for best Democratic health care plan. The nominees are Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama. Let’s take a look at the competing plans before we announce the winner.
This is going to be a close call, because in most major respects, the two candidates’ approaches are almost identical. Both seek to eliminate or greatly reduce the number of Americans — now about 47 million — who have no health insurance. Both candidates depend mainly on employers in what’s called a “play or pay” plan, which means they require employers to provide health insurance for their employees (play) or to contribute to the cost of employee-purchased coverage (pay).
Both plans create purchasing pools that enable people without employer-provided insurance to buy coverage. Pool participants could choose from a public insurance plan that’s similar to Medicare or private plans that offer benefits similar to those available to members of Congress....(Click here for remainder of Op-Ed).