Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Non-Profit Coop Option for Health Care Reform Gaining Traction?

The Associated Press reports that Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee and part of the "Group of Six" senators that have been trying to fashion a bi-partisan health care reform proposal, stated this morning on CNN that non-profit cooperatives may be how to resolve the lack of insurance coverage for millions of Americans.  Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chair of the Senate Finance Committee and also a member of the Group of Six, has proposed such a solution to the group.  This continued interest in this proposal, which we previously blogged about, raises two questions in my mind.

First, how well do the rural agricultural cooperatives, touted as the model for health care cooperatives, really work and is that experience transferable to the health care context?

Second, will the President embrace this option when he speaks to Congress and the nation tomorrow?



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