New legislation to propose state-based universal coverage

Legislation, drafted by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), would allow states to establish universal healthcare coverage by requesting federal funds after establishing their own health insurance programs, reported the Los Angeles Times. Although the "State-Based Universal Healthcare Act" hasn't been formally introduced yet, McDermott's office said it could be introduced as early as this week.

Kinsey Kiriakos, a spokesman for McDermott, told the LA Times that the bill "is based on the congressman's belief that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld, and the congressman's new bill is meant to achieve the overall goals of the Affordable Care Act, while giving states the option to build an alternative single-payer system." Article