Your preferred Friday Op-Ed, Austin Frakt on the benefits of having both public and private plans. I don’t think I’ve ever read someone extol the virtues of both.
Many people defend traditional Medicare (a.k.a. FFS Medicare, the public option arm of the program) by arguing it controls spending better than private plans. Some believe otherwise. In this post I will make a different argument in defense of traditional Medicare, one implied by many but articulated by few. In fact, I’ve never seen it put quite the way I will. (Have you?)