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The case for an Oregon kind of public option in health insurance

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Discussions of health insurance--and making it universal--almost always include talk of "the public option."

This is insurance provided by a public entity, rather than a private insurer: think Medicare and Medicaid.

OSPIRG, the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, recently put out a report on possible public options just within Oregon. The report notes a steep rise in premiums and deductibles in Oregon, both of which could be addressed with a public option.

An OSPIRG rep visits with details of the research and insights into possible legislative consideration.

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