We are reading through the Hsiao report today, after getting a preliminary look at it last night. I keep getting questions on how it will affect certain groups or certain people, and the answer is, if the Legislature goes with option 3, the Public-Private Single Payer plan, each group will be impacted differently.
A few key questions that we'll be trying to answer over the next few days: How will it work? Will Medicare remain the same? What about malpractice reform? Can they really reduce administrative costs that much? Who pays? Will we really be able to get waivers for everything from the federal government?
Also, lest you thought we weren't paying attention, a bill that would set up a single payer system (called "Ethan Allen Health") was introduced by Susan Davis today. H.80 would set up what looks like Hsiao's Option 1, but would not be exactly equivalent.