Friday, October 16, 2009

The Public Option is the Decoy

Al From writes in the WSJ that if the Democrats were willing to give up on the public option,

Congress would pass a bill that requires every American to buy insurance, offers consumers a choice of plans through a new health exchange like the successful Commonwealth Connector in Massachusetts, provides subsidies that assure everyone can afford a basic plan, and prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or dropping coverage for people who become sick.


From is exactly right, as I argued earler.

From, of course, endores of Obamacare, while I oppose it. But our analyses of the political realities are identical.

15 comments:

Fady said...

I'm begining to think that a single payer is the inevitable outcome Dems are after. The logic goes something like this:

1. Burden insurance companies with new mandates especially the "no pre-existing condition"
2. Make the penalty for not buying insurance low
3. Include a trigger for government intervention if costs do not come does (impossible given #1 & #2)
4. Wait for the system to collapse under its own weight
5. single payer become not the public option, but the ONLY option

MICHAEL KITCHENS said...

I made similar observations about this on my blog a few months ago when a co-op system seemed like more of a reality: http://michael-kitchens.blogspot.com/2009/08/door-in-face-technique.html

Drudge’s headlines suggested that victory should be shouted because they were backing off of the public option. I argued that this was the "door-in-the-face" strategy. This is a technique identified by social psychologists to increase the probability of someone complying to a request. From a psychological standpoint, it works via a "contrast effect." The second request (e.g., a government-funded co-op system) doesn't sound as bad as a public option, even though-as Prof. Miron points out—it is.
People use this technique to request money all the time. The other day, I received a call requesting a donation. They asked for $25, but when I said no, they said they would accept $10. The second request sounds small compared to the $25 request.

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