June 5, 2012
OF COURSE THE RIGHT HATES HIM, HE'S CONSERVATIVE:
Who Is Mike Leavitt, the Man Leading Mitt Romney's Transition Team? : The former Bush cabinet member is a close confidant of the GOP presidential contender, but his support for a key part of Obamacare has conservatives furious. (David A. Graham, JUN 4 2012, Atlantic)
He has been a prominent backer of one element of Obamacare. Even as Obamacare has become the GOP's bete noire, Leavitt has vocally backed one provision of the law: state-level health-insurance exchanges. As part of the law's expansion of insurance, these exchanges allow citizens to shop for insurance from private companies, and if they qualify they can use federal subsidies to purchase coverage. Insurance companies accepted various strictures -- most notably, the ban on rejecting applicants with pre-existing conditions -- in return for the individual mandate, which broadens the pool of insurance buyers. A Leavitt aid told Politico, "We believe that the exchanges are the solution to small business insurance market and that's gotten us sideways with some conservatives."
Who could possibly support markets in health care?Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2012 5:44 AM