June 12, 2009
Momentum Appears to Be Growing for a Nonprofit Insurer Compromise for Health Care Reform
NPR reported this morning that a network of regional nonprofit health insurance cooperatives, modeled on rural agricultural cooperatives (discussed at 2:30 mark on), might prove to be the needed compromise between the Obama Administration's public insurer proposal and the concerns of both Republicans and moderate Democrats in Congress that a public insurer would force private insurers out of the health insurance market. As previously posted, Senator Ken Conrad (D., N.D.) put forward this idea in a closed Senate Finance Committee last week. For more details regarding the competing concerns, see this related NPR report (the cooperatives idea is mentioned specifically at the 3:50 mark).
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