Over the weekend, President Barack Obama stepped back from his insistence that Congress establish a government health insurance scheme to compete with private insurers as part of health care reform. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has proposed setting up nonprofit health insurance cooperatives as an alternative. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey parses the co-op idea and finds that you'd need an electron microscope to discern any real differences between it and the Democrats' government health insurance plan.
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