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Medicare buy-in at 50 leads way for Democratic public-option proposals
Modern Healthcare

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday revived the first of an expected slate of proposals to expand coverage through a public option, starting with the most modest: Medicare buy-in at 50.Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) were first out the door this Congress with their bill, framed by Higgins as an overdue next step for the Affordable Care Act.The “Medicare at 50″ bill would add the option of Medicare Part A and B, the Part D prescription drug benefit plan, or Medicare Advantage to the exchanges where people could buy them at cost. Higgins estimated these options would price in at 40% less than an Obamacare gold-tier plan even before accounting for subsidies.