It certainly looks that way, with the White House courting the GOP by offering to replace the public option with "cooperative, non-profit insurance." What gives?
Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says a potential administration shift from a government-run health insurance to a privately run cooperative is something that opponents like him should consider.
Shelby is a vocal opponent of the health care overhaul proposed by President Barack Obama. Shelby says he sees insurance co-ops as "a step away from the government take over of the health care system."
He says "that's something we should look at."
Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota has been pushing the co-op system as an alternative to a government-run public option to help cover the nation's nearly 50 million uninsured. Conrad says it's an idea that has worked well in other business models.
Sigh...good for you, Mr. Pre$ident. Your corporate overlords are smiling and patting you on the head for this.