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Koch network pushes private-sector health care agenda to counter Biden’s public option push


Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries.

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The political advocacy group backed by billionaire Charles Koch is pushing forward with its own health care agenda as President Joe Biden’s administration looks to build on the Affordable Care Act.

Americans for Prosperity, which is part of the libertarian Koch network, told CNBC it is engaging with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to gain support for its plan.

Called the “personal option,” it is a collection of policy proposals geared toward the private sector that focuses on tax breaks, expanding health savings accounts and slashing regulations. The plan’s name and messaging are intended to contrast with Democrats’ push for a public option, which would give people a chance to buy into a government-run health care program that would compete with private insurers.

AFP officials started promoting their own health care idea late last year, including in an op-ed that was published in October . The op-ed was written by Dean Clancy, the group’s senior health policy fellow.So far this year, the group has reached out about its health care proposals to every member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the tax-writing […]

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