As Expected, the Obamacare Co-ops are Struggling

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:16 am

Remember when Democrats “replaced” the public option with a plan to help create fifty crippled private insurance co-ops around the country? Somehow that was supposed to be almost as good. As expected, that is not working out so well. From The Washington Post (I recommend reading the entirety of this damning article): When the new [...]

The Public Option “Alternatives” Are Proving to be Mostly Worthless

By: Monday June 24, 2013 8:17 am

When Democrats killed the public option several attempts were made to create face saving “alternatives.” Two alternatives actually made it into the Affordable Care Act, the CO-OP provision and “multi-state plans” overseen by the Office of Personal Management. As the law is set to be implemented it is growing abundantly clear neither will provide much [...]

Congress Continues to Raid New Health Care Law

By: Monday January 7, 2013 10:33 am

The most recent fiscal cliff deal ended up cutting $1.4 billion from the Affordable Care Act’s CO-OP program. For those that don’t remember the CO-OP was designed to be a lame replacement for the public option. It was meant to help consumer by creating alternatives to for-profit insurance companies. It provides loans to start health [...]

Obama, GOP Rip Copper Plumbing from “Starter Home” Health Care Law

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:47 am

When health care reform was first passed, elected Democrats told progressives not to worry about how bad the bill actually was because it would serve only as a “starter home” that would be improved on later. Since then, however, several changes have been or will be signed into law by President Obama, all of which [...]

CO-OP Advisory Board Holds First Public Meeting: Success Seems Unlikely

By: Friday January 14, 2011 5:03 pm

While co-ops were once proposed as a possible alternative to the public option, the idea failed to gain public traction outside of the offices of Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR). Yet, like some sort of legislative vestigial organ, the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) was never removed from the final [...]

Health Care Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?

By: Monday March 22, 2010 10:01 am

Now that this bill will become law the important question is where do we go from here on health care reform? I have said before that I think this bill is deeply flawed and, most importantly, does not provide an clear pathway to eventually getting real reform. But now that this bill is the new [...]

Landrieu Invents The Unholy Grail Of Worthless Public Option Gimmicks

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 2:30 pm

It appears Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has created the unholy grail of terrible gimmicks meant to cripple the public option. It is a several-year-delayed, triggered, state-based, non-public co-op limited to the exchange option: Landrieu calls her proposal the “competitive community option,” which sounds remarkably similar to a trigger proposal advocated by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). A [...]