A potential plan to pool the health care purchasing power of Detroit’s Big Three automakers in the form of a CO-OP or similar entity sounds intriguing to industry insiders, but they also caution that it wouldn’t be an easy road.

Joint purchasing generally isn’t common, especially among the large employers, according to Steve Wojcik, VP of public policy at the National Business Group on Health. “But in this case it may actually make some sense,” he says, as long as it’s restricted to union workers and combines all of the Big Three automakers.

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