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CBO: Healthcare Co-ops Won't Work

September 18, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

It went mostly unnoticed, but the Congressional Budget Office did have something to say about the co-op idea in their scoring of the Baucus health care bill:

The proposed co-ops had very little effect on the estimates of total enrollment in the exchanges or federal costs because, as they are described in the specifications, they seem unlikely to establish a significant market presence in many areas of the country or to noticeably affect federal subsidy payments.

On the other hand, when the CBO scored the public option plan contained in the House bill, they estimated that enrollment would be between 9 million and 10 million once it was fully implemented.

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