Tracking the the health care debate over the past couple of days, and especially yesterday with many SCOTUS-watchers predicting doom for the health care mandate, I can’t help wondering if the mandate would have survived had there been a public option in the background?
A mandate directing individuals to either buy, or opt-in to a broadened Medicaid program (which would surely benefit with an influx of healthy members as well as the positive cash-flow from a buy-in population).
Certainly the political feasibility of a program like that is questionable. It’s not part of the plan for a reason — although I’m not sure it’s really been put to the political test since the Obama Administration abandoned that aspect of the health care overhaul so early and so completely in the the process.
Now I’m wondering what happens if the Supreme Court overturns the mandate. Could that put the public option back on the table, and open the door to a mandate that would pass the court’s test?