Monthly Archives: June 2009

Health care and culture wars

Creation of a public plan for health care has the potential to open a new front in the culture wars, by forcing the nation to decide whether coverage should include controversial procedures like abortion. The potential for conflict does not necessarily mean that we should avoid … Continue reading

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A closer look at Group Health Cooperative

In the interest of better understanding Group Health Cooperative (GHC), I’ve contacted the Group Health Center for Health Studies to ask about their co-op’s experience and what it tells them about the prospects for cooperative-based health care reform. I first spoke with … Continue reading

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New polls needed

It has been claimed that 75% of people support a public health care plan over any alternative, including the creation of co-ops. The general implication seems to be that Congress should not be looking at other options due to the will … Continue reading

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How to start a health care cooperative

Let’s step back from whether we think that health care co-ops would be an acceptable substitute for a public plan, and focus on how to make them as useful and effective as possible if they are the chosen plan. This will help … Continue reading

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The co-op plan can’t work?

The “co-op plan” for health care reform is barely a week old as a concept, and only days old as a draft proposal by the Senate Finance Committee, but already many have declared that it can’t work. These claims have often … Continue reading

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Blog shift

Due to the urgent need to inject some good information into the health care reform debate, I’m cross-posting my blog at the Daily Kos: http://andrewmcleod.dailykos.com/ I’ll be posting the same content here, but if you are in the mood for discussion (which … Continue reading

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A few words on the health care co-op plan

The Wall Street Journal ran a story on the Senate Finance Committee’s draft health care reform proposal, which claims that the proposed insurance cooperatives would “see direct oversight from the Health and Human Services secretary, who would (have) authority to … Continue reading

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