A Public Option. Sort of.

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Good news for Americans with a pre existing condition. The government is setting up a limited insurance scheme to cover those who are unable to buy a plan because the new health care law does not prohibit the health insurance industry
from discriminating against the sick until the beginning of 2014.

From the Huff Post:

As
of Thursday U.S. citizens who have been uninsured for six months
because of pre-existing conditions will be eligible to apply for the
PCIP immediately and to receive coverage as soon as August in the 21
states where the federal government is administering the program itself,
according to the HHS. Twenty-nine state governments and the District of
Columbia will run the plan themselves.

The plan is supposedly temporary, but if it is successful, there is no reason why it should not continue despite private companies offering similar plans. This could be the start of a 'public option by stealth' move by Obama, who has always favored a state run insurance plan to drive costs down.