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Health-reform option: Government health plan as fallback

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, May 22, 2009
One fight in the health-reform debate so far has been over whether to create a government-backed health plan to compete against private insurers. An option that is emerging in the search for a compromise: Give health insurers a few years to cut costs and increase access, and leave a government-backed health plan as a fallback option that would be created only if private insurers do not measure up.