This ITUP report looks at public plan choice, the “public option,” through a California lens. ITUP identifies the unique circumstances in California relevant for the discussion about public options and outlines how a California public option might be structured.
California policymakers and stakeholders are currently exploring whether the state can (or should) adopt a form of public option. Congress considered but did not include a similar approach in the lead up to passage of the Affordable Care Act.
ITUP highlights key issues and questions and considers how the unique character and structure of health care in California impacts the advisability and feasibility of a state public option.