WoAccording to various studies, a Medicare buy-in plan would remove healthy members from the employer plan, driving up the cost of premiums for all remaining members. (Image: Shutterstock)

The current pandemic has brought to light many inadequacies with our health care system. Many of the ideas that gained popularity during the Democratic primaries, including Medicare for All, Medicare for more and a public option are all seeing renewed interest.

“COVID closed many workplaces and dramatically slowed economic activity, which has shown the perils of employer-tied health benefits,” Paul Fronstin, director of the Health Research and Education Program for the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) said in a recent webinar. “The political landscape is more receptive to a shift toward a health care market that has a public option.”

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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