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Federalist founder recommends tax-funded catastrophic health insurance for everyone

Ben Domenech, founder and publisher of The Federalist, wrote an op-ed published Tuesday by the New York Times endorsing the recommendation of Kip Hagopian and Dana Goldman that the federal government pay for and provide catastrophic health insurance to all citizens not covered by other public health insurance programs. The estimated cost of this proposal would be $2,000 per person per year, or about half the annual cost of Obamacare.

Domenech argued that this simplified proposal would deliver on President Donald Trump's repeated promise to deliver health insurance for all while allowing the Republican Party to repeal many of Obamacare's more controversial provisions, including the individual mandate, uniform insurance plan pricing, and prohibitions against pre-existing condition discrimination.

Citizens would still be able to purchase higher levels of health insurance coverage on the open market, as was the case before the passage of Obamacare. Even if they chose not to do so, they would be covered in the event of a costly disease of injury and would no longer need to fear being bankrupted by medical bills.

Tuesday on "Pat & Stu," the guys explained the logic behind Domenech's proposal and ribbed Jeffy Fisher for being a likely beneficiary of this kind of government program.

"If one of the diseases that's rolling around in his body right now becomes stronger than the other nine and somehow takes over, and he has a massive outbreak — it would cover that?" Pat Gray asked.

After Stu Burguiere responded that Domenech's proposal would indeed cover this scenario, Pat asked Jeffy for his reaction.

"I mean, It's kind of exciting news," Jeffy responded, prompting laughter all around.

To see more from Pat and Stu, visit their channel on TheBlaze and watch "Pat & Stu" live weekdays noon–2 p.m. ET or anytime on demand at TheBlaze TV.

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