compromise proposal to create privately operated health-insurance cooperatives as an alternative to a government-run health care plan is gaining steam in the Senate, several key senators said Wednesday. The plan is shaping up as possibly the most viable way to bridge the key difference between Democrats and Republicans negotiating a health care overhaul, senators said. The nonprofit co-ops, based on the model of electricity, agricultural and other cooperatives in rural states, would be run and paid for by its members, although an initial infusion of federal funds might be needed to get them off the ground, senators said. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday dismissed the idea of health-insurance cooperatives as an alternative to a government-sponsored health-care plan. Obama takes health care plan to the people - CNN.com Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle recently signed legislation that expands access to health care cooperatives in Wisconsin and makes it easier for farmers and small business owners to get quality and affordable health insurance. In June, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill was passed in committee that included a provision sponsored by Senator Herb Kohl and Congressman Dave Obey to provide $2.25 million for a Wisconsin farmer health care cooperative to increase access to affordable health benefit plans. Bill expands health care co-ops | Rural Cooperatives | Find Articles at BNET I was listening to President Obama in Green Bay yesterday and this struck me as a pretty good idea. I tend to agree with the President that allowing small groups,businesses, and individuals to form private co-ops to purchase low cost healthcare is a good thing and may lead to promoting competetion among halth insurance providers and bring down the overall cost. However, I see after reading one of the articles that Nancy Pelosi is not very happy with solution because it does not include the Govt.. Personally as a Republican this is a plan I could actually get behind the President on and actually think will be a postive step in the right direction.