Health Care

Health Care Cooperatives

John Sides Jun 15 '09

bq. Cooperatives might be able to provide some backup in some parts of the nation, but they are not going to have the ability to be a cost-control backstop, much less a benchmark for private plans, because they are not going to have the reach or authority to implement innovative delivery and payment reforms. And so Conrad’s idea appears to be yet another compromised compromise that cuts the heart out the idea of public plan choice on the alter of political expediency.

That is Jacob Hacker, critiquing Kent Conrad’s proposal for health care cooperatives in lieu of a public plan. Here is more.