Dean Rejects Conrad's Health Care Co-Op Proposal: 'Not A Real Compri3.ytimg.com
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thinkprogress.org — Last week, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) floated a health care proposal intended to mollify conservatives who are upset over the possible creation of a public health insurance plan. Instead of offering consumers a government-run option similar to Medicare,

This morning on MSNBC, former Gov. Howard Dean rejected Conrad's proposal, saying it is "not a real compromise." "This is a fix for the Senate problem," he said, "this doesn't fix the American problem." After heaping praise on Conrad, Dean explained:

He's wrong about this. The co-ops are too small to compete with the big, private insurance companies. They will kill the co-ops completely by undercutting them, using their financial clout to do it. In the small states like mine and like Senator Conrad's, you're never gonna get to the 500,000 number signed up in the co-op that you need to in order for them to have any marketing [power].

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Dean's logic is wrong. The first credit union in the U.S. opened in 1908, during the height of the robber baron era. Banks were riding high (just before their crash 21 years later). If a group of citizens can stand up to the banking industry, they can stand up to the insurance industry also.
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For anyone interested, there is an excellent explanation for single payer here:
http://www.gp.org/commentary/scott-mclarty/fire-health.shtml
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