WASHINGTON (AP) With Republicans fighting the idea of a government-run health insurance plan, members of President Barack Obama's team said Sunday that they are open to a compromise: a cooperative program that would expand coverage with taxpayer money but without direct governmental control. Congress begins work this week on putting Obama's goal of universal health coverage into law. Some lawmakers are expected to introduce specific plans that run counter to Obama's political promises. The concessions could be the smoothest way to deliver the bipartisan health care legislation the administration seeks by its self-imposed August deadline, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. The Associated Press: Co-op compromise gives White House a health option Founded in 1947, Group Health Cooperative is a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates care and coverage. Based in Seattle, Wash., Group Health and its subsidiary health carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, serve more than half a million residents of Washington state and Idaho About Group Health I have seen much debate on this board about healthcare and the back and forth between sides that want Govt. run health care which in my humble opinion would be a disaster when you take into consideration the size of the deficit, healthcare delivery, and many other factors. However I think we can all agree that the costs of healthcare are high and can be brought under control to make it more affordable for those who wish to have it without the mandates. This is one solution that I have seen being talked about that holds a lot of appeal and allows people the ability to form groups to purchase healthcare. If done in conjunction with proper regulation that helps promote competetion this would be a good first step in addressing some of the costs of healthcare . There are many other issues that need to be addressed such as Illegal Immigrant Healthcare costs as well and it takes a congress willing to do the hard work necessary to get the job done and not mandate converage for all not bankrupt our country while doing so.