Not a month passed in October after the healthcare exchanges opened before Rep. Darrell Issa (R-San DIego) proposed a bill that gives health care consumers facing the limited options in President Obama's mandated market relief. San DIegans, and the rest of Americans looking for an affordable choice on quality care would get a chance to enjoy the sweet deal federal workers, and their families, have enjoyed.
The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program run by the Office of Personnel Management would join the health care plans on the exchange list. "This is a free market approach to healthcare with government playing a very limited role in helping small busionsses and individuals come together to get a better deal," Issa said on Thursday. A deal that gives consumers more than 230 plan options.
HIs broad demand based proposal fills in options for affordable price and quality care Issa asked Congress to add to the new healthcare market to make provider options for health care coverage securely equal in America. Using the market competition federal employees have trusted to keep the costs affordable.
More than 99 percent of physicians accept FEHBP coverage.
But, Issa does not claim to know all the answers his constituents in San Diego, and any other American, might find right for fixing the healthcare market. He posted an editable version of his bill on his website. Any citizen can revise the proposal.
Employers can depend on their own motivation for using Issa's plan options in FEHBP. There is no mandate. After the options become available 9 months after a bill enactment, employers would simply get the FEHBP choice. They would contribute to employee coverage costs if they decided.
OPM sets the conditions for coverage by making regulations. The government's personnel office would not stay out of the market used by all Americans not employed by the federal government or a member of federal employees' families. Regulation keeps the quality care at an affordable price regular.
This is an On The Watch.