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CBO: Co-ops ‘Unlikely’ to Be Effective

To the dismay of many liberal lawmakers, the Senate Finance Committee famously excluded a public option from its health reform bill, instead proposing the

Jul 31, 202035K Shares637.6K Views
To the dismay of many liberal lawmakers, the Senate Finance Committee famously excluded a public optionfrom its health reform bill, instead proposing the creation of state-based health care cooperatives in hopes of bringing insurance costs down.
For the second time, the Congressional Budget Office has determined that those co-ops simply won’t have the bulk to compete with private insurers in most regions.
The proposed co-ops had very little effect on the estimates of total enrollment in the exchanges or federal costs because, as they are described in the specifications, they seem unlikely to establish a significant market presence in many areas of the country or to noticeably affect federal subsidy payments. As a result, CBO estimates that of the $6 billion in federal funds that would be made available, about $3 billion would be spent over the 2010–2019 period.
That won’t make Sen. Kent Conrad(D-N.D.) happy, but it certainly lends force to those pushing the creation of a public plan.
h/t: Marc Ambinder
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