HopeTracker| Expectations are low today as President Obama prepares to host his half-day health care forum. The Politico headline sums up the possibility Game-changer or PR disaster? While Politico focuses on the PR positions of the parties, today’s Wall Street Journal says Obama has a plan B, if political dealings on health care remain at an impasse. The fallback plan would insure an additional 15 million people, and not those who need health insurance the most.
t would do that by requiring insurance companies to allow people up to 26 years old to stay on their parents’ health plans, and by modestly expanding two federal-state health programs, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, one person said. The cost to the federal government would be about one-fourth the price tag for the broader effort, which the White House has said would cost about $950 billion over 10 years. via Wall Street Journal