Of the original 23 co-ops created to stimulate competition on the exchanges, only seven are now operational. (Photo: iStock)

The Obamacare co-ops are not cooperating very well these days. The new failures among this group of cobbled together “insurers” is both leaving consumers scurrying for health coverage and, on a larger scale, raising questions about whether the state insurance exchange network can truly cultivate a competitive market.

According to the The Hill, exchanges in Ohio, Oregon, and Illinois have failed since the beginning of the year. Of the original 23 co-ops created to stimulate competition on the exchanges, only seven are now operational.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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