Potential Effects Of Public Health Insurance Program

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"Can a Public Insurance Plan Increase Competition and Lower the Costs of Health Reform?" Urban Institute: The paper examines the argument that a The paper examines the argument that a public health insurance plan that competes with private insurers within an organized health insurance market would have lower administrative costs and more ability to control provider payment rates.

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The paper concludes that such a plan would enhance competition in health insurance and hospital markets, but that savings likely would be less than some estimate (Holahan/Blumberg, "Can a Public Insurance Plan Increase Competition and Lower the Costs of Health Reform?" 10/2).

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