The best substitute for Obamacare
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