"I think there's probably a hundred members of the House, who believe for various reasons that you need to have something to bring down prices," Weiner added, positing that co-ops won't cut it. "If you don't have a public plan...you basically have what you have today just with more people covered."
If you have a co-op plan that isn't really tethered into anything in particular, all you're really going to have is a group of people who's going to have to recruit doctors to come in and they're going to do it by offering higher reimbursement rates.
Weiner has in recent weeks become a surrogate for the public option in the House. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he called Republicans on their bluff, offering an amendment that would have eliminated Medicare--a single-payer, government run health care system, which Republicans say, in principle, they oppose. The amendment was defeated unanimously.