The left is fond of state-run healthcare. It seems the recent SCHIP debacle is proof that they will stop at nothing to get it. But are they really concerned about healthcare for the poor? Passing over the fact that SCHIP expansion would be for people who can afford it — why not give poor and perhaps even some middle class families the means to gain access to health insurance. Why must we DMV-ize healthcare? Or worse, turn our healthcare system into something rather Eastern Bloc?
If they were truly concerned about access and not government power, they would have supported a number of plans that would give every American family a tax credit to buy health insurance and/or health services. This way you could protect individual choice and return to the robustness, responsiveness and competition-benefits germane to a private market in healthcare. In short, why do they want to nationalize?
Ask them: why not tax credits?