by Patrick Appel

“I don’t think a lot of senators have an understanding of the 150-year history of cooperatives in the United States...They’re basic to the economy of the Midwest. Those of us who have an understanding of them know that they’re consumer-run, with all the benefits going to consumer members. There is no federal control over them. There is no government control over them any more than the control states have over other health-care issues. I see them as an opportunity to enhance health-care competition just as cooperatives do in other areas of the economy,”- Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).

(Hat tip: Lillis)

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