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View Diary: Why We Need the Public Option, and Why Co-ops Don't Fit the Bill (176 comments)

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  •  Amateurs vs professionals (1+ / 0-)
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    "Coop" has that nice fuzzy you-and-your-neighbors feel to it. Bunk, but that's the appeal.

    A national coop by definition would be just another huge non-profit (like our friends at Blue Cross used to be). It is no more a real co-op in terms of governance than a mutual insurance company is. There are not going to be warm fuzzy town meetings to talk about, say, whether to cover gender change surgery, or how high your co-pays should be.

    I just don't see why this is an advantage over letting younger people buy into Medicare, which to me is the simplest solution.

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