Now let's agree on one more: that competition with those insurance and drug companies could and would make a difference.
Is the co-op the best competitive alternative?
Here are a few paragraphs from Timothy Egan in a piece I read today on the Co-op alternative:
But if you get sick in that land of deep lakes and ponderosa pines,
a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care provider -- Group Health
Cooperative of Puget Sound -- offers extensive coverage at some of the
lowest premiums in the nation. And if you need advice on bailing twine
or baby chicks, the Co-op Country Store, now in its 75th year, can
provide service that the nearby Home Depot cannot.
I mention these successful member-owned businesses in a deeply red
state because as the public health care option gets hammered by a
campaign of disinformation, the co-op model deserves a fair hearing.
Plus, co-ops are built around something that's been missing thus farRead Morel
in a debate dominated by ill-informed shouters: the consumer.