On March 9th, Representative Alan Grayson of Florida introduced the Public Option Act:
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an option for any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare.
This Act may be cited as the `Public Option Act’ or the `Medicare You Can Buy Into Act’.
It’s extremely simple: It just adds a short section to the law governing Medicare, that says that anyone who is a US resident and either a citizen or legal permanent resident, may enroll for Medicare, and pay a premium as determined by actuaries based on their age group (divided into 10-year cohorts).
As of today, the bill has 80 co-sponsors, including half of the Massachusetts delegation:
- MA-1: John Olver
- MA-3: Jim McGovern
- MA-4: Barney Frank (one of the original cosponsors)
- MA-8: Mike Capuano
- MA-10: Bill Delahunt
What about the other half? Neal, Markey, Tierney, Tsongas, Lynch … do you live in one of their districts? Call, ask them if they’ll sign on as co-sponsors, and comment here to tell us what they said.