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Apparently ready to abandon the idea, President Barack Obama's health secretary said Sunday a government alternative to private health insurance is "not the essential element" of the administration's health care overhaul.
The White House indicated it could jettison the contentious public option and settle on insurance cooperatives as an acceptable alternative, a move embraced by some Republicans lawmakers who have strongly opposed the administration's approach so far.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate's budget committee, pushed the co-op model as an alternative, saying it has worked in other business models.
As proposed by Conrad, the co-ops would receive federal startup money, but then would operate independently of the government. They would have to maintain the same financial reserves that private companies are required to keep to handle unexpectedly high claims.
A provision in the plan that would provide end-of-life counseling to families, dubbed “death panels” by opponents, has also ignited opposition. Conrad said that provision has been dropped from consideration.
Originally posted by warrenb
reply to post by MOFreemason
What about the part of the bill that allows them to enter your home or take your children away?
Don't be the least surprised if the new bill proposed is a 'copy & paste' of the current one . . . with a few alterations to make it APPEAR different.