It seems like people on the “right” aren’t the only ones talking about a state-level health care program. Over at DailyKos, the “left,” there appears to be some flickering of a light bulb turning on.
For example, this recent diary entry, “States Rights Public Option Solution.” Here’s an excerpt:
Each state’s legislature pass their own “public option” for everyone in their state.
You won’t have to worry about moderate blue dog democrats and republicans. It would be FAR easier.
Everyone in a state gets access to government health care, everyone in that state pays taxes to cover it, and only people living in that state get to use it.
Sounds almost voluntary – well, at least in comparison to a national plan that will never please more than about 1/2 the people in this country.
Bottom line? Whether you support government health care or not, this is the best route for everyone. That way people in California, or New York, or wherever, can choose a “public option” and people in other states won’t be forced to go along with it if they don’t want to.
That’s federalism. And, even though there are a few libertarian theorists out there that would prefer to use the federal government to prevent anything outside of their belief system, it’s Constitutional.