President Calls On Congress to Add a Public Option to the Affordable Care Act

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As reported this week in The Hill, President Obama is calling on Congress to add a “public option” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve his signature health law.

 “Public programs like Medicare often deliver care more cost-effectively by curtailing administrative overhead and securing better prices from providers,” Obama writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“The public plan did not make it into the final legislation. Now, based on experience with the ACA, I think Congress should revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited,” writes the President.

The new embrace from the President also comes amid what appears to be a concerted push by the Democratic Party to rally around the public option.