Tag Archives: healthcare reform

Saving democracy, part one

I’ve been making occasional visits to Front Porch Republic, which is a pretty interesting blog site with an intriguing tagline: “Place. Limits. Liberty.” Most recently, I came across a piece by Patrick Deneen called “New World Order.” It is a … 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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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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