Hagan Willing To Consider Health Co-Ops

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan says she is willing to consider health care co-ops as an alternative to a government-backed insurance option.

Hagan said in an interview Thursday she supports the current plan to provide a government alternative to private insurance. But the freshman Democrat says a co-op may also have benefits.

The comments could prove a source of middle ground for Hagan and fellow North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican who has been adamantly opposed to more government involvement in health care. Burr has also said that he would consider a co-op plan.

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

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 28, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    Actually Cactus, the current bill Obaama was trying to push was put together by a group friendly with Bill Ayers, the liberal activist. I heard it from Fox news but didn't here it on other stations. I guess Fox must have made it up. Wonder why Obama wants to shut Fox up? Hmmmmm, don't think the major networks might be in the tank do you? It is so obvious its sickening.
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 02:03 AM
    Hey Senator....A Co-Op is nothing more than a step child of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. EVERYTHING the government gets their hands in will be screwed up!!!! I don't care what YOU want, how about the concept of what the PEOPLE of North Carolina want???
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 27, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    According to CNN today "health care for illegals" is included in the reform bill.
  • by bho Location: up north on Aug 27, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    byybyy kay , one term kay , call it anything you want it is still gov.health care , gov cannot run anything good why do people think they can do this , , a lot of dems will lose their seats in 2010 , haaaa haaaa
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 27, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    Anon.,aug 27: obama has no plan, according to obama he has not had a hand in formulating any of the proposed health care reform bill, the bills were a product of congress.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 27, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    Kay, nice try at a save, but the voting public of NC will NOT forget your failure to come to town meetings and setting up your on hand picked little groups to talk to. They will not forget your arrogant beliefs that you knew better than the people who put you in office. Maybe the way to keep you on the straight and narrow is to keep you afraid of political reprecussions! Kay, we the voting public on NC have our eye on you!!!
  • by Me on Aug 27, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    A co-op is still government run health care! The legislation mandates that the federal government run the co-op for at least the first 5 years! Say no to all of it! Kill the bill altogether!
  • by anonymous on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Would someone tell Hagan she is new. Obama is not. Just vote for his plan and stop stressing. Unless she is willing to give up the best healthcare plan in the US. . .one for Congressional members. :-)
  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    Too many medicaid recipients are abusing their privilege with unnecessary emergency room visits when a trip to the doctors office would suffice. If they had to pay out of their pocket, somewhat like a taxpayer, they would not abuse this system. Taxpayers should not have to fund this.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    One congressman is helping expose the scam. he read all 1,000 pages and was troubled to find in the 800 area about billions earmarked to go to unions.now in the budget we have jumped from a 1.3 trillion deficit to over 3 trillion almost overnight and nobody is telling who got 2 trillion and why and what purpose it will be used .Somebody better wake up before it's too late.
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