Senator Hagan is open to health co-ops

August 27, 2009 10:48:38 AM PDT
North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan says she is willing to consider health care co-ops as an alternative to a government-backed insurance option. In an interview Thursday, she said she supports the current plan to provide a government alternative to private insurance. Hagan said co-ops may have benefits.

Republican Senator Richard Burr also said he would consider a co-op plan. Burr has been vocal about his opposition to more government involvement in health care.

Both of the senators say they haven't seen any specific proposals on what the co-op plans would look like. Insurance co-ops are generally designed as nonprofit, member-run systems for providing insurance.

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