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Some lower-income people who currently purchase individual plans would likely see their costs rise under a public option as tax credits they’re eligible for are no longer available. (Image: Shutterstock)

While there is still some talk of “Medicare for All” as a solution for the nation’s continued high rate of uninsured citizens — particularly  as the COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how tenuous the health care safety net is for tens of millions of Americans — the majority of policymakers who embrace the idea of expanded health care often cite the need for a public option. 

Four pieces of legislation promoting the creation of a federal public option were introduced in Congress in 2019, and Democratic presidential candidates, including presumptive nominee Joe Biden, have called for such a measure. 

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Greg Land

Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.

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