Colorado state officials struck a compromise with the healthcare industry not to establish a state public option, which raises questions about the political feasibility of the healthcare reform proposal.
Colorado state Democrat legislators announced Monday they had struck a deal to scrap plans to establish a public option and instead mandate lower health insurance premiums for Coloradans to buy insurance on the individual or small-group markets.
A public option would allow for government-run health insurance plans to compete against private health insurance plans.
Healthcare experts such as Sally Pipes, the president of the Pacific Research Institute, said a public insurance option competing alongside private insurance would eventually crowd out private health insurance because government-run insurance could operate on a “loss indefinitely.”
Others in the healthcare sphere say that establishing a public option faces high obstacles because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sarah McAfee, director of communications for the pro-public option