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August 19, 2009

"Co-Ops Are the Single Dumbest Idea I Have Heard in the Health Care Debate in Twenty Years"

Bob Lazewski lays out what's wrong with the Blue Dogs' vacuous, ill-conceived "compromise" proposal to create non-profit co-ops that people could join to purchase health insurance instead of buying directly from the insurance company. Short answer: everything.

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He mentions Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

It would call itself a co-op if there are billions for co-ops in the bill.

Truly, more of the same.

The main attack on co-ops in the post is that they'll be powerless to bring rates down because initially they will have no members. This is also true for the public option, unless it's not an option (i.e. every person in the US is enrolled by default, and private insurance is strictly add-on). The public option can come with a clause requiring doctors to accept it regardless of rates, but so can co-ops.

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