Public Option Makes it into Senate Health Care Bill

Health care reform legislation headed to the Senate floor for debate includes a public option for coverage. Millions of Americans would have the option of buying government-run insurance coverage if the bill becomes law. Individual states would have the choice to opt out of the program. The Congressional Budget Office is completing a mandatory assessment of the cost of the bill and how it will impact health care coverage.  Farm Bureau supports competition in the marketplace as a way to reduce health insurance costs. In addition, Farm Bureau opposes a public option for coverage (government health insurance) and instead supports voluntary regional health insurance cooperatives, subject to state regulation, to give individuals and small businesses leverage in the marketplace.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.