Monthly Archives: June 2009

Healthcare, government, and control

Stop the presses! It appears that the Senate Finance Committee has released a draft health care reform proposal that features cooperatives instead of a public plan. The proposal includes grants for risk capitalization and loans for start-up costs. I was starting to wonder if co-ops … Continue reading

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Healthcare cooperatives – pro or con?

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Healthcare cooperative history

It seems that a national debate on healthcare cooperatives has begun, sparked by a proposal from Sen. Kent Conrad to create not-for-profit cooperatives to compete with investor-owned companies. My last post exaimined current models of cooperative healthcare; I would like to … Continue reading

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Healthcare reform’s missing ingredient

I’ve been gearing up to write something on how cooperatives should be a part of the healthcare reform conversation. They combine internal accountability to consumers with market-based competition, and they could be a valuable compromise. Rather than a government-run “public … Continue reading

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Replacing welfare, part II

Having framed the need for alternatives to state welfare programs in the previous post, let’s turn our attention to a model solution or four.  Let’s make some wild assumptions. If we assume that CalWORKs stops serving about a third of … Continue reading

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Replacing welfare, part I

California’s ever-worsening budget situation has treated us to a variety of doomsday scenarios; these include some ideas that are so absurd and awful it is tempting to dismiss them as idle threats or paranoid fantasies. Sometimes, these are obviously not … Continue reading

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An old beginning

President Obama gave quite a speech in Cairo today. Running nearly an hour, it was an extremely ambitious attempt to identify difficulties plaguing the relationship between the U.S. and Muslims, and to begin to frame some solutions. It was a … Continue reading

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