During the House Education & Labor Committee’s mark-up of the health care bill (H.R. 3200) today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10] proposed and passed an amendment that would remove legal barriers barring a state from creating a Medicare-like single-payer health care system to guarantee insurance for all of their citizens.Thirteen Republicans voted with Kucinich, including Wisconsin's own Petri.
This would allow states to create their own single payer health care systems.
Recent debates have largely turned on the question of whether or not the federal government should get involved in what is largely private enterprise (autos, banks, health care). There is another question, though, that in my mind is just as important.
We have many other levels of government in this country, some of which might be better suited to address the concerns of the citizenry. Maybe sometimes there is a need for government intervention, that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be the federal government.