Ron Johnson of WI proposes to grandfather present plans to keep people in their present plans, and out of O-care if they don't want to be.
I doubt that his bill will make much headway, since the whole O-care proposition depends on getting those people into O-care and out of other plans they now have. Universal coverage only works when there is universal participation, including the younger, healthier people.
I find it interesting that this article refers to a state-run "high risk pool" that will disappear as a result of O-care coming on the scene.
The WI program is funded by a tax on other people's health insurance, but the participants also pay a substantial amount themselves (in the case cited in the article). Presumably, Medicaid might be used for other individuals less able to pay as much as the case mentioned in the article.
If other insureds were paying just $10/mo (maybe 2 million such people in WI, maybe a lot more?) that would be $20 million/mo. That could go a long way to covering the 20,000 high risk insureds in WI state program. That would allot about $1000/mo for each of those high risk policies; plus whatever the insureds, themselves, are paying in premiums.
There has to be a better way to reach the desired goal.