Congress is in the midst of the big health reform debate. Two House committees and a Senate committee passed a health reform bill. One of those committees was the House Education and Labor Committee; which Kucinich belongs to. During the mark-up of the bill, Kucinich proposed an amendment that would allow states to create their own single payer systems. Kucinich's amendment passed 25-19-2. If the amendment stays in the bill through all the stages the U.S. may be on the way to some form of a single payer.
For gaining a small but necessary victory for single payer health care Dennis Kucinich is this week's Backbencher of the Week. Congratulations Rep. Kucinich.