Healthcare Professionals for Health Reform has proposed an alternate plan for reform called EMBRACE in the Annals of Internal Medicine:
The group proposes a tiered plan, the core of which (Tier 1) would be lifetime, basic, publicly funded coverage for the entire population on the basis of the best evidence about which therapies are considered life saving, life-sustaining, or preventive. Optional coverage (Tier 2) would be funded by private insurance and cover all therapies considered to help with quality of life and functional impairment. Items considered to be luxury or cosmetic (Tier 3) would generally not be covered, as is the case under the current system.Should Congress consider EMBRACE as an alternative to the plans currently being discussed? How would a tiered system compare with the current system and with the reform being discussed in Congress?