Thursday, December 10, 2009

A budget thought

I recall that when Healthy Howard was being planned, one of the provisions added was that enrollees had to be uninsured for a year or so because the planners were afraid that small companies would drop their health insurance plans and encourage employees to enroll in HHAP instead. In retrospect, it's almost laughable that such an exodus from health insurance was expected. At any rate, perhaps public funding should be reduced substantially during this budget cycle, but at the same time loosen up the silly requirement that enrollees be uninsured for one year before joining the plan. That way, HHAP can sink or swim on its own merits and without burning up another million dollars of our tax money.