Argument: Health insurance co-ops are a ploy to defeat public insurance

Issue Report: Health insurance cooperatives


Yale University professor Jacob S. Hacker, also warns that efforts to push health care co-ops are meant “to kill the public plan and, with it, the prospect of an effective competitor to consolidated insurance companies that have too often failed to provide affordable health security.”[1]

Timothy Stoltzfus, a law professor at Washington and Lee University and a writer on health care policy, said in August of 2009: “The fact that not many [co-ops] exist now shows us there’s not a viable model to compete with private insurers. It’s effectively a diversion, as far as I’m concerned.” [2]