The best sub­sti­tute for Oba­macare

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I am sur­prised that Repub­li­cans seem to be strug­gling so much to find a re­place­ment for the Af­ford­able Care Act [“House Repub­li­can lead­ers to un­veil Oba­macare plans,” Pow­erPost, Feb. 16]. They are ig­nor­ing a sys­tem that is al­ready in place and work­ing — to wit, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment em­ployee health in­sur­ance plan. Why not open the fed­eral em­ployee plan to all cit­i­zens? It is based on pri­vate in­sur­ance. The menus of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, cover­age and doc­tor net­works are set up through­out the coun­try be­cause there are fed­eral em­ploy­ees ev­ery­where.

As far as I know, gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees are happy with their health ben­e­fits. The pools of par­tic­i­pants are big enough so that the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies would not be bur­dened with too many un­healthy pa­tients even if more of those with pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions sign up. The only is­sue to be re­solved would be how much the gov­ern­ment should sub­si­dize low-in­come cit­i­zens.

Bob Benna, Po­tomac

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