Government Health Plan Compromise Being Crafted

WASHINGTON (AP) - Key senators say a compromise may be emerging
on one of the most vexing issues of the health care overhaul debate
- whether to create a government-sponsored health plan to compete
with private insurers.

The compromise would create health cooperatives owned by groups
of patients, similar to how electric or other cooperatives operate.
They'd be nonprofit, and without the government involvement that
troubles Republicans and business groups about the public plan
options.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus of
Montana, says the idea may be key to a bipartisan health bill.

Baucus' Republican counterpart, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa,
also says it has potential.


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