One of the most hotly contested issues for the end-of-year special session called by Gov. Brown on healthcare is whether California should create a “Basic Health Plan.” This proposal would take away subsidies for the purchase of private health insurance from an estimated 800,000 lower-income Californians. It would require them to enroll instead in a program run by the state’s Medicaid department.
The proponents of the Basic Health Plan claim that it will be vastly more affordable for Californians. But their numbers do not add up. Continue reading