No, Really, It's Not Government-Run! | Commonwealth Foundation: "Faced with rising opposition to a so-called 'public option' in health care reform, some Democrats are floating the idea of establishing health insurance 'co-operatives' as an alternative. Republicans like Sens. Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Charles Grassley (Iowa), who are desperately devoted to the idea of bipartisan compromise, have pronounced themselves 'intrigued' by the idea.
A closer look suggests that the only thing intriguing about the co-op alternative is whether it is a completely meaningless construct or simply camouflage for the 'Public Plan' option."