Senator Dodd on Kucinich Amendment Protecting States Rights for Single Payer

At the end of the blogger outreach on Saturday, September 26th, '09, I talked to Senator Dodd on the Kucinich Amendment Protecting States' Rights to move forward on Single Payer. Essentially, Dodd refers to Senator Bernie Sanders' efforts and Sanders legislation to deal with Erisa laws and allow Single Payer in States that want to start an SP system. Dodd makes no commitment to support it, but he will look at it. Sanders had previously introduced a partial fix to the system and it was rejected in the Senate HELP committee BUT if we can get him to reintroduce it, or even a stronger fix? One possibly more sympathetic and newly minted Chairperson may have the will to twist a few arms:


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Senate HELP Committee

July 14, 2009

Sen. Bernie Sanders just offered an amendment to the Senate HELP
health care reform bill that would allow a limited number of state
experiments with single payer systems. The proposal would have provided
waivers from federal regulations such as ERISA, and would have
authorized current federal spending on programs such as Medicare and
Medicaid to be transferred to the state to be used in the single payer

Those voting for the amendment:

Bernie Sanders

Tom Harkin

Sherrod Brown

Jeff Merkley

All Republicans and all other Democrats voted against it.

Notably absent in support of that was Senator Dodd. I have 10 videos in my YouTube archives from this one event alone.

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