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Escape from the Beltway

There are two debates on healthcare reform: The first debate is on the merits of various proposals, and how they will impact people outside of the notorious Beltway. The second debate is about motivations of the individuals and organizations pushing for those … Continue reading

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Health co-ops revisited

Things quieted down on the health reform front for a while, but now it turns out that the “co-op option” is still very much in play. And unfortunately, there are still people out there jumping to the conclusion that it can’t … Continue reading

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Universal health care

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been taking a crash course in health care reform, and the more I look at this mess, the more I like the idea of universal health care. The outrageous cost of health care in … Continue reading

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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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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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