Over the weekend the “public option” for healthcare reform was downplayed by President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius. The rumor is that a national cooperative, as proposed by Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), might replace the public option. The co-op option seems to be acceptable to those ideologically opposed to a public option.
I think this is a head-fake by the administration. I think this is Obama playing chess while the Congress is playing checkers. My reasoning? As I’ve said before a national or large regional cooperatives are essentially the same as a public option. So if demanding a public option, which raises so much opposition, and “settling” for a co-op is what it takes to healthcare reformed passed, Obama gets what he wants, congresscritters get what they want, and most importantly consumers get what they want.