Writes Phyllis Tilson Piotrow:

Let those states that oppose allowing their citizens to choose a public plan opt out of the public plan and rely on existing private or cooperative insurance plans. Let those states that want their citizens to have a non-federally subsidized public option cooperate with the relevant federal agency to participate in such programs.

Not a bad idea – almost sounds like federalism. I’d say, just get the federal government out of the health care business altogether. They have no Constitutional authority to do so, no matter what the general Welfare Brigade (Pelosi, MSNBC, ThinkProgress, et al) tells you.

Michael Boldin