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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Popular Progressive: Weighing the public option v. health care cooperatives

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

Because of increasing pressure from both the right and left, Congress is in the position of either a public option for health care reform, a private health care consortium/cooperative, or not doing either and adding a trigger mechanism that would kick in if the private sector failed on benchmarks to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health care. I have written about the public option in general and will compare the benefits of it against the cooperative and exchange options. Finally, I will discuss the trigger option. According to Consumer Watchdog.Com "a carefully constructed 'public option' to private insurance would provide an antidote to the market consolidation that has propelled premium increases and administrative inefficiencies, shrunk coverage and degraded quality."

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