Only seven co-ops remain. Will they survive? (Photo: iStock)

Only seven are left out of the original 23 — and those seven are struggling to find a way to survive.

A Kaiser Health News report said that those seven health co-ops — referred to in the Affordable Care Act as consumer operated and oriented plans — are, despite their survivor status, having a tough time staying in business. Eleven are still operating, but four of them will shutter by the fall thanks to insolvency. And the period of their demise is short: all 23 were operating in 2014.

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