A Simple Test for the Public Plan
In general, you can figure out whether something is a public plan by asking a single question: Is it run by the public sector? If no, then it's not a public plan. Simple as that.
This is another way of saying that whatever Kent Conrad's co-op plan idea is, it's not a public plan. Conrad's idea for private co-ops that would offer health insurance -- an idea I'm on record saying I like -- is not run by the public sector. That's why he compares it to Ocean Spray, the co-op that makes cranberry juice, rather than Medicare. It is, in other words, not a public plan. And Kathleen Sebelius shouldn't be implying otherwise.
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